Finishing the Fight: UFC Fight Island 5

Dricus Du Plessis UFC Fight Island 5
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 09: Dricus Du Plessis of South Africa poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in on October 09, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/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. 

Dricus “Still Knocks” Du Plessis (14-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 14

Via KO/TKO: 5

Via Submission: 9

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 0

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 0

Dricus definitely seems to favor the rear-naked choke submission as he has 5 on his professional MMA record. Du Plessis’s next most used submission it the guillotine choke as he has 4 finishes on his record utilizing the submission. Du Plessis has very good submission grappling and is going to be making his UFC debut after amassing a solid record with some great finishes against very good competition. Dricus has a 100% win finishing rate and even in the fights that he’s lost, there has still been a finish. Fans can expect fireworks when Dricus Du Plessis takes on Markus Perez at UFC Fight Island 5.


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