Was there really any doubt? With more than 33% of the vote, the winner of the 2016 BluegrassMMA Pro Knockout of the Year is Jeff Hughes. Devonte Smith took home second place with 21.2% of the vote, while Josh Longood came in third with 18%.
Hughes made national headlines for his spinning wheel kick knockout that flattened Jason Riley in their main event at Caged Madness 40 in January.
The pro heavywights were competing in a main event that had the makings of a great fight, and after both fighters seemed to have the upper hand at multiple points in the first round, the ten second warning clap was heard. Riley backed away to reset, and dropped his hands. Then, from out of nowhere, Hughes threw a spinning wheel kick that landed flush and put Riley to sleep.
It was one of the craziest knockouts I’ve ever seen and something you definitely don’t expect from the heavyweights. Hughes now has his signature win that will be on highlight reels forever and showed that he is a legitimate prospect on the national scene.
Check out Hughes’ highlight reel knockout below.
With the win, Hughes will receive a plaque from BluegrassMMA as well as a feature story on the website this month.
|Jeff Hughes over Jason Riley (Caged Madness 40)||471||33.20%|
|Devonte Smith over Fred Stonehouse (GOTC 21)||301||21.20%|
|Josh Longood over Dru Schottenheimer (RFO: Big Guns 19)||255||18%|
|Keith Smetana over Tony Parker (Colosseum Combat XXXVI)||121||8.50%|
|Brandon Suber over Chico Bays (IT Fight Series 48)||82||5.80%|
|Ben Rowland over Doug Williams (Warriors Against Cancer)||58||4.10%|
|Frank Tate over Ben McCombs (Valor Fights 32)||54||3.80%|
|Que Parks Jr. over Donny Wallace (Hardrock MMA 83)||43||3%|
|Wesley Golden over Jason King (Valor Fights 39)||26||1.80%|
|Arnold Adams over Daniel James (HFC 27)||9||0.60%|