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 267 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.
Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC)
Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 9
Via KO/TKO: 5
Via Submission: 4
Total Number of UFC Finishes: 3
Via KO/TKO: 2
Via Submission: 1
Khamazat Chimaev burst on the UFC scene in 2020, and did not disappoint, building a huge fan following in a very short amount of time. Chimaev, a four-fight veteran of the Brave FC promotion, entered the UFC with six finishes with just two of those fights making it past the first round.
Chimaev has a wrestling background and is very dangerous on the ground as he has had no problem fully controlling any of his previous opponents from said area. Because Chimaev can so easily keep control on the ground he has a few ground n’ pound finishes but is also more than comfortable throwing up a submission.
Chimaev also has some nice standup. Khmazat’s uppercut KO from 2019 or in his right cross stoppage of Gerald Meerschaert are perfect illustrations of his raw punching power and good shot selection. Khamzat is undoubtedly can’t miss TV for the fans and his much anticipated return at UFC 267 is no different.
Rewatching Khamzat Chimaev’s first amateur MMA fight and totally forgot about the makeshift playpen full of children cage-side who ended up getting a front row seat for this finish (*note the youngest girl cheering): pic.twitter.com/2XT9d0IWul
— Dan Tom (@DanTomMMA) October 1, 2020