Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 15

Josh Parisian
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 18: Josh Parisian reacts after his victory over Chad Johnson in a heavyweight bout during week three of Dana White's Contender Series Season 4 at UFC APEX on August 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/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 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 15 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.


Josh Parisian (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 12

Via KO/TKO:  10

Via Submission: 2

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 0

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 0

Josh Parisian is a 31-year-old heavyweight with heavy hands and 10 KO/TKO finishes to his record, which is making his UFC debut on Saturday at UFC Vegas 15. Josh Parisian won a UFC contract this summer on Dana White’s Contender Series 2020 season with his first-round KO of Chad Johnson via punches from mount.

Parisian was on the Contender Series in 2018 and delivered a first-round spinning back fist to the 24-8 Greg Rebello, and instead of a contract, was given the opportunity to compete on The Ultimate Fighter Season 28. That didn’t work out, as Parisian lost to Michel Batista,  but after five wins finish wins in a row he got another shot at DWCS and the rest is history. Parisian has a good amount of MMA experience, taking into account amateur MMA experience, and he is a fighter that has had a chance at being in the UFC before and seen it pass him by, so he will really be looking to be making a statement on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 15.

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