5 Boxing and MMA Stars We Would Love to See Get Knocked Out

SINGAPORE - JUNE 17: Colby Covington of United States (front) reacts after his fight with Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea (back) in the Welterweight Bout during UFC Singapore Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)
UFC Singapore Fight Night | Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Let's be clear about one thing: 12uppercut does not advocate violence that isn't sanctioned by a duly-certified governing body. We're not animals.

That said, it's worth considering, in the wake of the recent explosive belligerence at UFC 244 and Canelo-Kovalev, whose precious mug most deserves to be next in the punchface firing line. Think about it: some guys just seem to be begging for a KO based on their ridiculous antics and cocksure braggadocio. And we're here to name the top five malignant, insufferable contenders for this dubious honor.

5. Conor McGregor

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Conor McGregor speaks to the media during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
UFC 229: Khabib v McGregor Press Conference | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Conor McGregor has lost four times in his MMA career, including twice in UFC. Each time, it's come via submission. Unfortunately, not all stoppage losses are created equal. This man is off the reservation. He fights old men at bars and has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault. He's a hooligan who speaks out of turn for fun. It would be truly amazing to witness him getting a three piece and a soda in the Octagon.

4. Adrien Broner

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 19:  Adrien Broner (L) walks in the ring alongside Floyd Mayweather Jr. before the WBA welterweight championship against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao v Adrien Broner | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Come on, the dude's nickname is "The Problem"! Adrien Broner runs his mouth in an authentically blasphemous manner, is famously erratic, and has demonstrated next to no self-control over the course of his career. Just ask Gervonta Davis, who allegedly tussled with Broner the night of the Canelo-Kovalev fight in Las Vegas. The former world champ has faced multiple battery charges in his lifetime, but has never been knocked out. Not once. It would be wonderful if an enterprising welterweight out there could do him that favor.

3. Floyd Mayweather

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 06:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks during a news conference at the Mayweather Boxing Club on December 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather will meet Tenshin Nasukawa in a three-round boxing exhibition at Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 31, 2018.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Tenshin Nasukawa Media Availability & Workout | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

At some point, Floyd Mayweather became a cartoon villain. He may have 50 wins and zero losses, but he matches a careful-to-the-point-of-boredom boxing style with a checkered, troublesome personal history. If for no reason than to know that it can actually be done, it would sure be nice to see Money hit the deck hard, but we'll surely never get that chance.

2. The New York State Athletic Commission

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 02:  Nate Diaz of the United States is told the fight has been called off by TKO on a medical stoppage against Jorge Masvidal of the United States (R) in the Welterweight "BMF" championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
UFC 244 Masvidal v Diaz | Steven Ryan/Getty Images

Yes, Nate Diaz sustained a nasty cut below his eye in the main event of UFC 244. But did we have to stop the proceedings that fast? Think about the context of the "BMF championship" against Jorge Masvidal-- let the kids play, New York State Athletic Commission! We feel for the NYSAC physician who recommended the stoppage only to receive serious threats later on. That's disgusting. But we can still be super-mad at the decision itself.

1. Colby Covington

SINGAPORE - APRIL 12:  UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington poses for a photo during the UFC Fight Night Singapore: On-sale press conference at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands on April 12, 2017 in Singapore. UFC Fight Night Singapore is taking place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images for UFC)
UFC Fight Night Singapore: On-sale Press Conference | Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Let's be clear about one thing: America deserves Colby Covington, a blathering, blustering MAGA sucksack if there ever was one. He's a blasphemous, boorish ruffian whose continued existence as a UFC welterwight contender increasingly brings the sport of mixed martial arts into ill repute. A Trump family favorite, the cause of freedom and democracy necessitates that Kamaru Usman opens up a can on this man at UFC 245 in December.