The purpose of martial arts competition is to prove that a well-trained individual, in the heat of the ultimate human contest (fighting), has the capability to hold his or her own under pressure and successfully attack an opponent amidst a barrage of potentially devastating blows. Traditionally, fighters are as evenly matched as possible, meaning that a crushing victory is unlikely and that the fight will go to a judges’ decision with both combatants still standing and functioning after the final bell.
There are some instances, however, where a martial arts fight will take a turn for the brutal, the unexpected, and the sometimes painful-to-watch ending known as “the knockout” or “KO.” A knockout occurs when one fighter loses, or comes close to losing, consciousness in the ring due to the crushing impact of his or her opponent’s fist, foot, or other body part to the head or crucial/painful organ.
Weak stomach for brutality? Be forewarned: The fighter has no mercy in the ring. The finales you are about to witness take no prisoners, and in some cases leave none standing but the striped-shirt official.