Finishing The Fight: UFC Fight Island 2

Deiveson Figueiredo, UFC
Deiveson Figueiredo, UFC Norfolk ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

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.

Deiveson “Deus Da Guerra” Figueiredo (18-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 15

Via KO/TKO: 9

Via Submission: 6

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 5

Via KO/TKO: 4

(Joseph Benavidez, John Moraga, Joseph Morales, Marco Beltran)

Via Submission: 1

(Tim Elliott)

Figueiredo’s last time out, he absolutely demolished Joseph Benavidez in the second round after placing a picture-perfect right hand down the pipe right after his opponent cleared his eyes of blood and dropped his hands slightly. Though there was controversy with an accidental head butt and the fact that Figueiredo was actually ineligible to win the belt because he missed weight. Figueiredo is a pretty big guy for 125lbs, and his muscular physique only builds to the intimidation factor as well as undoubtedly playing role in his punching power.

Since entering the UFC about 3 years and a month ago, Deiveson Figueiredo has finished 5 high-level fighters. Deiveson hits hard and has brought a lot of stoppages to a division that many UFC fans had described as ‘boring’ in the past.  Figueiredo has some very violent hands, though his right hand is his favorite, which seemingly lifts his opponents off their feet if he catches them flush. And when Deiveson gets his opponents to their backs, it gets very ugly, very quickly as the strikes that he rains down as ill-intentioned as it gets. Any fight with Figueiredo is a must watch as any fight that he is in could end very violently and in the blink of an eye. Figueiredo has hands like a snack-sized Francis Ngannou and on July 18th he will run it back against Joesph Benavidez for the flyweight championship.