Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 39

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Jared Gooden, UFC Vegas 33 weigh-in Credit: Alex Behunin/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 39 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.


Jared “Nitetrain” Gooden (18-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 15

Via KO/TKO: 8

Via Submission: 7

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 1

Via KO/TKO: 1

(Niklas Stolze)

Via Submission: 0

Jared Gooden is a very powerfully built fighter, especially for the welterweight division. Jared actually missed weight for this fight coming in at 174lbs, which gives a peek at just how big ‘Nitetrain’ is.

Jared carries a lot of power in his strikes but unlike a lot of fighters, he keeps that ability even in the later rounds of the fight. Jared has four finishes outside of the first round in his professional MMA career.

Gooden also has a few submission finishes to his record with three of his seven total submission finishes coming by way of rear naked choke. However the combined record of these three opponents was 10-22, and all of Jared’s KO/TKO finishes are against better competition.