Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 22

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Gustavo Lopez, UFC
Gustavo Lopez, UFC on ESPN 10 Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

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 22 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.

Gustavo Lopez (12-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 11

Via KO/TKO:  5

Via Submission: 6

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 1

Via KO/TKO: 0

Via Submission: 1

(Anthony Birchak)

Gustavo Lopez is a former Combate Americas Bantamweight Champion who is a grappling specialist, though he does have power in his hands. Lopez not only has six submission finishes on his record, but has done it with multiple different submissions. (Von Flue Choke, Guillotine Choke and Rear Naked Choke)

Lopez also has multiple finishes via ground n’ pound. Gustavo’s three-fight first round finish streak beginning at the end of 2018 is what got him the call up to the UFC. A 50 second finish of Vicente Marquez via submission, a 2:19 finish of Jose Alday via gound n’ pound and a 1:45 finish of Joey Ruquet via a single punch.

Gustavo Lopez got his opportunity in the UFC just last year when made his debut against Merab Dvalishvili. In his next fight, and his most recent one, Gustavo finished Anthony Birchak with a rear naked choke in the first round, capturing his first UFC win.

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