Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 10

Khama Worthy
Khama Worthy 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.

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. 

Khama “The Deathstar” Worthy (16-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 12

Via KO/TKO: 9

Via Submission: 3

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 2

Via KO/TKO: 1

(Devonte Smith)

Via Submission: 1

(Luis Pena)

Khama Worthy has a 75% win finishing rate in his professional MMA career.

Khama Worthy burst on the scene in the UFC  when he took on Devonte Smith on the UFC 241 card as the feature preliminary bout for the night.

Worthy put on a show in his debut KOing 10-1 Devonte Smith in the very first round. Khama snapped his opponent’s 6 fight first-round win streak with a first-round finish of his own. This showing earned Khama a Performance of the Night bonus.

In Worthy’s second and most recent bout, he took on rising prospect Luis Pena. After a tough fight, Worthy was able to sink in a guillotine choke midway thru the third round and secure a win over a very difficult opponent.