It’s a knockout… in more ways than one.

While you guys are knocking each other out in the UFC KO Poker Series, we thought we’d delve into the archives to unearth our most brutal KOs from the live felt.

What do we mean by ‘brutal’? Well, if it was at a crucial stage, for high stakes, or made you mouth that elongated ‘oooooh’ sound, then it’s pretty darn brutal.

We’ve whittled it down to eight quarter finalists, but it’s up to you to decide upon the most painful example of poker savagery via seven daily Twitter polls.

But first, you need to see the destruction derby with your own eyes. So, it’s time to bring on the opening match in the bracket.

Double KO! With the final table looming, this incredible hand from Monte Carlo saw three players move all with aces, kings and queens, providing Adrian Mateos with a pile of chips that would ultimately lead to an EPT title. His opponents, meanwhile, were left with empty stacks and angry emails to the Poker Gods.

It’s 2013 in the Bahamas and Vanessa Selbst and Sean Deeb lock horns on the final table of the $25,000 High Roller. As an 87% favourite, Deeb is odds-on to amass a huge stack and become the favourite to capture the title. Easy, right? Those with an aversion to horror stories, look away now.

Now you’ve taken a measurement on your KO-meter, it’s time to cast your vote on our @PokerStars Twitter channel. Which hand made you truly wince with empathy? Who did you want to hug the most? Which one deserves to proceed to the semi-finals and re-enter the gladiatorial theatre? It’s up to you.

The winner will be announced tomorrow, followed by the second quarter final.

Don’t forget you can deliver your own knockouts in the UFC KO Poker Series. With over $10 million in guarantees and three UFC 241 packages up for grabs, it’s surely time to don those gloves and step into the poker octagon.

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