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07-19-2011, 06:23 PM
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Yves Edwards was having a dream. In the dream he sat in the locker room before his fight with Sam Stout at UFC 131 in Vancouver, talking with his coaches and his wife.

That's how he knew it was a dream, because his wife was there in the locker room with him, and also because everything seemed just a little too strange, like a photograph that seems perfectly clear out of the corner of your eye but goes blurry as soon as you look directly at it.

At one point, Stout came into his room to talk to him mere minutes before the two were supposed to fight. He doesn't exactly remember what they talked about, but he remembers it being strange, too. A backstage conversation with a guy you were about to fight. The kind of stuff that could only happen in a dream.

Only later did Edwards realize he was actually awake, that the fight was already over, and that he'd been knocked out cold in the first round.

"I don't even remember leaving the cage," Edwards said. "You really lose that time. I watched [the fight], and I still don't remember it."

It was almost as if somebody else had gone out and lost the fight for him. He knew it was him in there, but he had no memory of it. Gradually, some of it came back to him. He remembered taking Stout down and being surprised that it wasn't more difficult to do. He remembered making a mental note that he could do it again later in the fight. He remembered landing a straight left, slipping and falling on a head kick attempt, and then scrambling quickly back to his feet.

After that, nothing.
You're hoping it happens, but you never know when it's going to happen.
-- Pat Barry
Not the right hand he threw or the left hook that Stout countered with. Definitely not the feeling of his body going limp from the punch, sagging forward for just a moment before collapsing to the mat, his head whipping back and bouncing off the canvas with a sickening thud that echoed over every voice in the arena.

The things that happened over the next fifteen or so minutes -- waking up on his back with doctors hovering over him, leaving the cage, the short conversation he had with Stout on the arena floor, the walk back to the locker room -- are things that he knows must have happened, but has no recollection of. It's as if someone hit the restart button on his brain.

That someone, of course, was Stout. And the button was located somewhere in the vicinity of his chin.

You keep getting in the cage often enough, trading leather with men who punch people for a living, and eventually this will happen to you. With the thin four-ounce gloves -- not to mention the elbows, the knees, the kicks that thwack the side of your head like a baseball bat -- it's less a question of if than when. On any given night in any given cage, somebody's number is likely to come up.

When you're on the receiving end of the knockout, you usually have to watch the replay to find out what happened. When you're the one delivering, you watch it just to relive a moment you're in no danger of forgetting anyway.

As former IFL lightweight champion Ryan Schultz once described the feeling of landing a knockout blow, "it's a little like punching your fist through a bowl full of jello."

Or as UFC middleweight Tim Credeur put it, "like punching a bag of light bulbs."

According to Pat Barry, who knocked out scores of opponents in his kickboxing career, you rarely know which blow is going to be that magic shot that turns out the lights.

"Knockouts, from my experience, are pretty surprising," said Barry. "They're never really planned. You remember when Rashad Evans knocked out Chuck Liddell with that right hand? If he would have known that that right hand was going to knock [Liddell] out, he wouldn't have thrown that looping left hook right after. Most knockouts via punch are followed with another punch, because you didn't expect it. You're hoping it happens, but you never know when it's going to happen."

It's also somewhat difficult to figure out exactly why it happens, said John Brenkus, the host of ESPN's "Sport Science." In Brenkus' southern California studio, his team has tested the force of every imaginable strike with every imaginable surface, from boxing gloves to MMA gloves to bare knuckles. He can tell you exactly how hard a Cain Velasquez punch is, but, Brenkus said, "what's happening inside the body when it hits you, I think that's still up for debate."

Part of the difficulty in figuring out the exact physics of the knockout lies with how hard it is to test in a controlled setting, according to Brenkus.

"You can't hook somebody up and hit them in the head and see what happens. It's way too dangerous."

What you can do, Brenkus said, is figure out what's happening inside the skull, even if you don't always know why one blow causes it and a similar one doesn't.

"It's really about jostling the brain. When people talk about being hit on the button, it's being hit on a place on your particular skull that forces the brain to move. The button does exist, but it exists not because you can just hit it and something happens, but because the amount of force in that specific spot forces the brain to move and that creates havoc."

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Pasha K
07-19-2011, 09:00 PM
So just like when you get so fucking drunk. You wake up and you do not remember anything.

07-19-2011, 09:21 PM
I've been knocked out a couple times now through various traumas. It doesn't hurt, even where the blow happened (dock falling on my head) doesn't hurt. I remember one time, I assume I was unconscious at this point, being on a beach in a chair drinking a drink under an umbrella. That wasn't so bad. Another time skiing I don't remember much until I woke up thinking I was in a group of trees but it was my friends standing over me. Wierd part was I have no recollection of at least 10 minutes ahead of that point in time.

Suffice it to say, KO's to me aren't all that bad, I have never felt pain from the, I have to assume that a tko would hurt like hell though.

07-20-2011, 12:40 AM
Being "knocked out" usually doesn't hurt but the pain sure follows in certain situations.