Finishing the Fight: UFC on ESPN 11

Shane Burgos UFC
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 19: Shane Burgos poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

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

As we’ve seen at UFC events held in weeks past, the smaller cage at the UFC Apex forces fighters to engage and therefore results in a lot more fights being finished.

Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov UFC on ESPN 11
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 19: (L-R) Opponents Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov of Russia face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (13-2,1(NC) MMA, 8-2,1(NC) UFC)

Curtis Blaydes applies pressure in the octagon, and that pressure finishes fights. Blaydes has finished 10 of the opponents that he has beaten, nine by KO/TKO and one by submission. Blaydes has won by way of the decision three times in his professional mixed martial arts career.

Curtis uses his wrestling to control where the fight takes place. Once Curtis gets his opponent to the ground he often is able to smother them with top control before brutalizing them with heavy strikes that he rains down from the top position. In recent years though, Curtis’ stand up game has evolved more and more to the point where he really is a threat for almost anyone that chooses to stand and fight with him. But that doesn’t mean that Curtis will put himself in a situation to take unnecessary damage when he can neutralize opponents on the ground without a problem, or at least take some steam off them.

Curtis Blaydes is a monster in the heavyweight division and is a fight or two away from a title shot. Blaydes has only lost to Francis Ngannou, is currently riding a three-fight win streak, and last defeated Junior dos Santos by finishing him in the second roundat UFC Raleigh back in January.