Finishing the Fight: UFC 252

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Stipe Miocic, UFC 252 weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/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.

Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 15

Via KO/TKO: 14

Via Submission: 1

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 9

Via KO/TKO: 9

(Daniel Cormier, Junior dos Santos, Alistair Overeem, Fabricio Werdum, Andrei Arlovski, Mark Hunt, Fabio Maldonado, Shane Del Rosario, Phil De Fries)

Via Submission: 0

Stipe Miocic has had one of the most decorated MMA Heavyweight careers of all time. Miocic has some very powerful hands, and his boxing has taken out some of the greatest heavyweights in MMA history.

Stipe’s KO of Fabricio Werdum in the first round, to capture the UFC Heavyweight title for the first time, was easily one of his greatest finishes. Stipe was moving backward and Fabricio was charging him; Miocic caught him with a short punch that KO’d the heavyweight champ. It was unreal.

Stipe’s last fight, against Daniel Cormier, was also a marvelous fight for Miocic. Not great in terms of dominating the entire time, but Stipe made some brilliant adjustments in-between rounds along with his team. And the well-placed body punches sealed the deal in the 4th as Stipe landed them perfectly throughout the later rounds.

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