Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 8

Aleksandar Rakic UFC Vegas 8 weigh-in
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 28: Aleksandar Rakic of Austria poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night (UFC Vegas 8) weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 28, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/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.

This week we will take a look at some fighters with only a few (5 or less) fights in the UFC, rather than those fighters that are long time UFC veterans with a bunch of finishes with the promotion. 

Aleksandar Rakic (12-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 10

Via KO/TKO: 9

Via Submission: 1

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 2

Via KO/TKO: 2

(Jimi Manuwa, Devin Clark)

Via Submission: 0

Aleksandar Rakic has been in the UFC for just over three short years. And in that time, he has made a huge impact in the UFC’s light heavyweight division and has truly come into his own as a hot, rising prospect. Rakic has a professional win finishing rate of 83%.

Both of Rakic’s finishes in the UFC thus far can be described with one word: Spectacular.

And Rakic’s fight against Devin Clark in 2018, was just that, as the first round saw him getting dropped before coming back and catching his opponent with a beautiful spinning back fist.

Rakic’s finish of Jimi Manuwa last June was with an incredibly brutal, long, whipping head-kick and it happened faster than most fans could have ever imagined. He returns this weekend in the main event of UFC Vegas 8, opposite Anthony Smith.