Finishing the Fight: UFC Fight Island 3

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 24: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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.

On July 25 for UFC Fight Island 3, the promotion is seemingly pulling out all the stops, with a 15 fight card that features plenty of fighters that know how to finish fights in exciting fashion. 
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Robert Whittaker of New Zealand poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Robert “The Reaper” Whittaker (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 14

Via KO/TKO: 9

Via Submission: 5

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 5

Via KO/TKO: 5

(Ronaldo Souza, Derek Brunson, Brad Tavares, Clint Hester, Colton Smith)

Via Submission: 0

Robert Whittaker made one of the best decisions of his career to move up in weight to the middleweight division. It has seemingly made his striking even more powerful. Whittaker’s run to the title at 185lbs was one of the most interesting in recent memory, as he finished 4 of his 6 opponents on his way to the vacant UFC middleweight title. Robert has some truly beautiful striking techniques and he mixes together his punches and kicks so well that often times his opponents have no idea where the next strike is coming from. Whittaker is a fan favorite to watch and posses the ability to end the fight, no matter the round. The Australian has also shown extreme toughness in his fights and the ability to pick his shot perfectly, especially in his two bouts with Yoel Romero.

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