Since the early 1990s, professional MMA fights have introduced us to a myriad of tough competitors. Along the way, many records have been set, for fastest knockout or longest win streak. As the years pass, new fighters will be coming along to break these records and make the competition even tougher.
While we have all seen fights that end quickly and suffered through dull bouts that went through the course of all three rounds, typically most fights end within a few minutes either by TKO or submission. However, once in a while, a fight is over so quickly that spectators probably aren’t even really sure that the fight began.
One of the fastest knockouts occurred in 2006, when Norifumi Yamamoto knocked out his opponent, Kazuyuki Miyata in just four seconds. This was the fastest knockout recorded at a major MMA event, and so far, there are no official challenges to this record. However, another faster than lighting knockout to consider was delivered by Duane Ludwig who knocked out Jonathon Goulet in six seconds during UFC Fight Night 3 in 2011. While officially listed as an 11-second knockout by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, most agree that the fight ended somewhere around the 6- to 8-second mark. UFC records the bout as 6.06, which is the fastest in UFC history.
While Randy Couture was winning bouts well into his 40s and Dan Severn just retired at the age of 54, most athletes really don’t have that kind of career. The hard work and punishment of professional mixed martial arts definitely takes its toll, just as it does for athletes in other sports. However, for 70-year-old John Williams, age was nothing but a number. He stepped into the cage and beat his 49-year-old opponent during his MMA debut fight in 2010. He holds the record as the oldest active MMA fighter and the oldest fighter to win a bout.
While seasoned vets such as Anderson Silva have logged more than 30 pro MMA bouts, Travis Fulton’s record makes guys like Silva look utterly indolent. Fulton has participated in 307 fights so far and this includes a record 91 knockouts and 150 submissions. Let’s see Anderson Silva tie that.
There are just some prizes you don’t want to win. Earning the title of the worst fighter in MMA is probably better than being voted as the worst curling player, but it’s not really one that gives you bragging rights. Take Shannon Ritch, for example. While no one would ever doubt his work ethic, his record leaves a lot to be desired. He has participated in an impressive 127 bouts, but has lost more than 70. At least he has won a few here and there, which is something that Mike Suttles and Kenneth Allen can’t really say. Suttles has a 4-32 record and Allen’s is less impressive at 1-31.
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