Finishing the Fight: UFC on ESPN 10

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Combate Americas Bantamweight Champion Gustavo Lopez. Photo: Combate Americas

There are a couple of proven finishers at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 10. Here’s who to watch out for.

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

Gustavo Lopez (11-4 MMA, 0-0 MMA)

Gustavo Lopez has five knockouts/technical knockouts during his professional mixed martial arts career and has accumulated five wins by submission as well. Lopez only has one professional career win by decision. The Combate Americas fight organization bantamweight champion is on a three-fight win streak but has not had a fight since last summer. All three of these fights ended in finishes in the very first round. Lopez has also faced some very good competition for the entirety of his professional career.  Gustavo has real KO power in his hands, something you don’t always see in the bantamweight division. Gustavo is seemingly a very solid pick up for the UFC  and his talent will be tested immediately at UFC on ESPN 10 on June 13 by Merab Dvalishvili. Lopez is 30 years old and getting his shot in the UFC on short notice after a fight cancellation.