Anderson Silva Scores Top KO and Top Submission in UFC History (Video)

Written by Tom Ngo
November 13th, 2013

UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva

Simply put, former UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva (pictured) is a human highlight reel. In celebration of the UFC’s 20th Anniversary, the organization has been counting down their top 20 finishes.

Silva took top honors for knockout and submission. That’s quite the accomplishment considering there have been thousands of UFC fights and he’s only competed inside the Octagon 17 times.

Silva’s finishes are so great, I don’t even need to tell you which bouts they were and you could probably figure them out yourself. “The Spider” tore a page out of Steven Seagal’s book, apparently, to win KO honors with his unforgettable front kick to the face on Vitor Belfort at UFC 126.

Belfort must be so proud…

Silva’s Hail Mary triangle choke/straight armbar on Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 was the best submission.

Sonnen must be so proud…

According to the UFC, here are their top 20 KOs:

#20 Vitor Belfort on Wanderlei Silva at UFC Brazil (1998)

#19 Renan Barao on Eddie Wineland at UFC 165 (2013)

#18 Yves Edwards on Josh Thompson at UFC 49 (2004)

#17 Rashad Evans on Sean Salmon at UFC Fight Night (2007)

#16 BJ Penn on Caol Uno at UFC 34 (2001)

#15 Travis Browne on Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night (2013)

#14 Rampage Jackson on Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92 (2008)

#13 Pete Williams on Mark Coleman at UFC 17 (1998)

#12 Lyoto Machida on Randy Couture at UFC 129 (2012)

#11 Rashad Evans on Chuck Liddell at UFC 88 (2008)

#10 Chuck Liddell on Tito Ortiz at UFC 47 (2004)

#9 Rich Franklin on Nate Quarry at UFC 56 (2005)

#8 Mauricio “Shogun” Rua on Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 (2010)

#7 Matt Hughes on Carlos Newton at UFC 34 (2001)

#6 Chuck Liddell on Randy Couture at UFC 52 (2005)

#5 Dan Henderson on Michael Bisping at UFC 100 (2009)

#4 Gabriel Gonzaga on Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 70 (2007)

#3 Edson Barboza on Terry Etim at UFC 142 (2012)

#1 Chris Weidman on Anderson Silva at UFC 162 (2013)

#1 Anderson Silva on Vitor Belfort at UFC 126 (2011)

According to the UFC, here are their top 20 submission (with video):

#20 Anderson Silva Triangle Choke on Travis Lutter (UFC 67)

#19 Carlos Newton Headlock Choke on Pat Miletich (UFC 31)

#18 Matt Hughes Armbar on Georges St-Pierre (UFC 50)

#17 Royce Gracie Armbar on Kimo Leopoldo (UFC 3)

#16 Nate Diaz Triangle Choke on Kurt Pellegrino (UFN 13)

#15 Anderson Silva Rear-Naked Choke on Dan Henderson (UFC 82)

#14 Murilo Bustamante Guillotine Choke on Matt Lindland (UFC 37)

#13 Chris Lytle Reverse Triangle Choke on Jason Gilliam (UFC 73)

#12 Karo Parisyan Kimuraon Dave Strasser (UFC 44)

#11 Frank Mir Kimura on Antonio Nogueira (UFC 140)

#10 Ronda Rousey Armbar on Liz Carmouche (UFC 157)

#9 Chan Sung Jung Twister on Leonard Garcia (UFN 24)

#8 Forrest Griffin Rear-Naked Choke on Mauricio Rua (UFC 76)

#7 Royce Gracie Triangle Choke on Dan Severn (UFC 4)

#6 Frank Mir on Tim Sylvia (Armbar, UFC 48)

#5 BJ Penn Rear-Naked Choke on Matt Hughes (UFC 46)

#4 Frank Mir Kneebar on Brock Lesnar (UFC 81)

#3 Royce Gracie Rear-Naked Choke on Ken Shamrock (UFC 1)

#2 Matt Hughes Rear-Naked Choke on Frank Trigg (UFC 52)

#1 Anderson Silva Triangle Choke/Armbar on Chael Sonnen (UFC 117)

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