Given the rarity of which it happens, a vicious spinning-backfist knockout will always make waves within the MMA community. Enter Arthur Guseinov. The Russian middleweight's incredible finish of Tyson Jeffries 92-seconds into Showtime's Friday broadcast of the M-1 Global Challenge 26 main card was a KO that fight fans are sure to see again and again as ‘knockout of the year' discussions heat up.
Guseinov (8-2) is no stranger to spectacular finishes. Six of the 27-year old's eight wins are by knockout, including three consecutive fights from 2009-2010 that were finished in the opening minutes by head kicks.
Jeffries (7-6) actually controlled the opening rounds of the bout, securing a quick takedown and transitioning to side control before the match retook to the feet. The loss is the second in row for the Team Quest product.
M-1 finalized a broadcast deal with Showtime in mid-February, and as one can see, it is already paying dividends for the subscription cable provider. Friday's event was the second of four co-promoted shows planned for 2011 by the organization.