Finishing the Fight: UFC 255

Joaquin Buckley Bellator MMA
Joaquin Buckley Credit: Dave Mandel/

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 255 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.
Brandon Royval and Kai Kara-France, UFC 253
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Brandon Royval kicks Kai Kara France of New Zealand in their flyweight bout during UFC 253 inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on September 27, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Brandon “Raw Dog” Royval  (12-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 11

Via KO/TKO:  3

Via Submission: 8

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 2

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 2

(Tim Elliot, Kai Kara France)

Brandon Royval has been in the UFC for less than six months and he is already one win away from a title shot. Royval is a veteran of the LFA promotion and has a very long frame that directly contributes to the eight career submissions on his record.

Royval made his debut in the UFC against the very tricky Tim Elliot in May of 2020. Brandon was able to submit Elliot in the second round in a stellar, performance bonus winning outing.

Royval took on Kai Kara-France in his most recent UFC bout and turned heads with the performance. Though Royval was slightly outmatched on the feet, he was able to land strikes and figure out how to get the fight to a place where he could win it.

Royval is a fighter to look out for as he always puts on high energy, good scraps and fans should expect the same for his fight against Brandon Moreno at UFC 255.


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