Finishing the Fight: UFC 250

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Mixed martial arts fans love a good fight-ending sequence, as often it summarizes the story of the fight in just a few seconds. Getting the finish is a definitive end to a fight that makes a statement: “I was this much better than my opponent at that particular moment in time.”

Every fighter has their go-to moves, especially specialists within certain martial arts disciplines. Their own signature styles that can lead to spectacular finishes. Whether it’s a scary-good rear-naked choke that fighters just can’t seem to avoid once going to the ground or crazy power in a straight left hand that has dropped even granite-chinned fighters with ease, each fighter has a particular finishing move or sequence. Moves that have stuck in fan’s minds and come to define and describe their careers within the cage.

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Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes (19-4 MMA, 12-1 UFC)

Amanda Nunes has 13 KO/TKOs in her entire career professional career and three submission finishes as well. Nunes only has three wins where the fight has made it to the final bell.

The attribute that makes Nunes special is the absolute power in her hands. Anyone that she touches seems to crumble if their body comes into contact with a flush shot by ‘The Lioness.’ The long, violent, fluid punches of Nunes are really something to behold in her fights.  Nunes successfully keeps most fights on the feet thanks to her superior grappling experience and a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu that keeps opponents from even thinking about going to the ground in most cases. Often times just the threat of using these skills is enough to keep things standing.

Nunes has finished some of the greatest women in mixed martial arts history. Some of the women Nunes has stopped include: Cris Cyborg by KO, Holly Holm by KO/TKO, Miesha Tate by submission, and Ronda Rousey by KO/TKO, all in the very first round. Nunes also holds two wins over Valentina Shevchenko and has only really looked vulnerable in those close fights and in her lone UFC loss.

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