Continuing in the fine tradition of the LiverKick 2016 Awards, we move on to the Knockout of the Year. This was, perhaps, the most difficult category as there was such a wide array of dazzling knockouts throughout the year. Everything from head kicks to brutal punches and even spinning stuff. Hell, there was a Japanese event called KNOCK OUT where five out of the six fights ended in KO.
Needless to say, lots of good fighters got put to sleep this past year.
Our pick for the Knockout of the Year is rather dazzling and even brutal. Both Jay and I had the same guttural reaction of "man, poor Demoreo" when it happened, because damn. Guto Inocente's spinning back kick just slept the poor guy. What made it so amazing was that it was a legitimate heavyweight doing a move that would have been brutal from a much lighter fighter, yet it was a heavyweight. Heavyweights are known for having power in their fists and even in their head kicks, but a move like this is usually left to the smaller guys.
But nobody told Guto that, nor did they tell Demoreo to expect it.
The 2016 LiverKick Awards
- Fight of the Year: Jaraya vs. Ben Moh
- Fighter of the Year: Cedric Doumbe
- Knockout of the Year: Guto Inocente
- Prospect of the Year: Tenshin Nasukawa
- Event of the Year: GLORY Collision
For more, listen to our year-end podcast.