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.
Yorgan De Castro (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 5
Via KO/TKO: 5
Via Submission: 0
Total Number of UFC Finishes: 1
Via KO/TKO: 1
Via Submission: 0
Yorgan began his MMA journey in the kickboxing discipline and it is still the sharpest tool he utilizes while fighting. Castro has powerful heavy hands and an impeccable ability to counter.
Castro’s first fight in the UFC, after his 2019 first-round finish on the Contender Series, was on UFC 243 where he delivered another first-round finish, this time by a counter punch, against Justin Tafa. Yorgan last fought on UFC 249 earlier this year where he lost a unanimous decision to Greg Hardy.
Yorgan won’t be on a PPV card for his upcoming fight but he will be the co-main event when he takes on Carlos Felipe at UFC Fight Island 4, which is a testament to how much exciting finishing potential he posses.
The year's first Contender Series signee lands a crushing KO, as Yorgan De Castro (6-0) renders Junior Tafa catatonic to claim his UFC debut! Cape Verde's "Mad Titan" has finished five, each by strikes and four in round one. #UFC243 pic.twitter.com/EO7BrtSrwz
— Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) October 6, 2019