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February’s Top Five UFC Knockouts

February may be the month of love, but there was no love lost inside the Octagon, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld as he selects the top five UFC knockouts of the month.

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February may be the month of love, but there was no love lost inside the Octagon, writes Quintin van Jaarsveld as he selects the top five UFC knockouts of the month.

An action-packed month belonged to new featherweight king Ilia Topuria, however, he wasn’t the only one who left a lasting impression.

The following five fighters put their stamp on February:

5: Digging Down Deep

Making his promotional debut at UFC 298, Danny Barlow showed he has the heart of a champion as he bit the bullet after breaking his arm in the first round and stopped Josh Quinlan with a barrage of strikes in the third.

4: Randy Savage

Randy Brown brought it in his bout against Muslin Salikhov at UFC Vegas 85 and got him out of there with a vicious one-punch knockout.

3: Dream Debut

You only get one chance to make a good first impression and Carlos Prates did just that when he stopped veteran Trevin Giles in his tracks with a thunderous left hand in his UFC debut at UFC Vegas 86.

2: ‘50k’ Lives Up To His Nickname

Dan Ige once again showed why he’s known as “50k” when he came over the top of a lazy jab and flattened Andre Fili in UFC Vegas 86’s co-main event to pick up his seventh first-round finish and a $50,000 performance bonus.

1: Undefeated And Undisputed

Ilia Topuria delivered on his promise to dethrone long-time featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in devastating fashion in the main event of UFC 298, knocking “The Great” out cold in the second round to seize the gold and improve to 15-0.

Quintin Van Jaarsveld is a former MDDA-Sanlam SA Local Sports Journalist of the Year and a former three-time Vodacom KwaZulu-Natal Sports Journalist of the Year. Formerly the sports editor and Outstanding Journalist of the Year award winner at The Fever Media Group, deputy editor at eHowzit, editor at SARugby.com and senior staff writer at Rugby365.com, he boasts over 15 years’ experience and is currently a freelance sports writer.

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