Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 14

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 24: Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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.

For UFC Vegas 13 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.

Antônio Arroyo (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes:  8

Via KO/TKO:  4

Via Submission: 4

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 0

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 0

Antonio Arroyo is a very long fighter with powerful long legs and with vicious strikes. Antonio stands at 6’3″ and posses a 73.5″ reach in the middleweight division.  Arroyo is also pretty competent on the ground, as is evident with his 4 submissions, and has good takedown defense.

Arroyo has some very beautiful kicks to the body and the head, with KOs from each. Antonio had some lower-level opponents towards the beginning of his career, but they have steadily increased in skill since and he now has finish wins over multiple impressive opponents.

Antonio’s 19-second head kick KO over former TUF 23 competitor and Bellator veteran, Trevor Carlson (who entered the bout at 11-2), was perfectly timed and lightning-fast. Over the course of his next few fights, it became more evident that Arroyo’s kicks event to the body and legs were something that future opponents had to look out for. Thanks to the danger on the feet, Arroyo’s opponents often attempt to take the fight to the ground and that opens them up to his ground game.

Though Arroyo lost a unanimous decision to Andre Muniz in his UFC debut, his performance on DW’s Contender Series in 2019 against Stephen Regman shows just what fans should expect. Arroyo controlled the distance with kicks to the body and legs, then eventually landed a head kick dropping his opponent to the canvas and he was able to secure a submission in the second round. Be on the lookout for Arroyo’s spectacular kicks at UFC Vegas 14. As of Saturday morning, Arroyo’s fight with Eryk Anders has been pulled from the UFC Vegas 14 card.

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