Finishing the Fight: UFC Vegas 43

Adrian Yanez UFC Vegas 43
Adrian Yanez, UFC Vegas 43 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 43 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.

Adrian Yanez (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC)

Total Number of Pro MMA Finishes: 11

Via KO/TKO: 9

Via Submission: 2

Total Number of UFC Finishes: 3

Via KO/TKO: 3

(Victor Rodriguez, Gustavo Lopez, Randy Costa)

Via Submission: 0

Adrian Yanez is a veteran of both the Bellator and LFA promotions, before getting a shot at the UFC on the 2020 season of the Contender Series.

Yanez is a striker, and his punches and boxing combinations are particularly powerful but also technically sound. Yanez also has a wide arsenal of strikes including kicks.

Yanez has great head movement and the vast majority of his finishes/finishing sequences are started from a counter punch. Yanez is cant miss TV for all fans of strikers.

Yanez didn’t disappoint on the Contender Series delivering a very slick finish of his then 11-1 opponent, Brady Huang, in under a minute of the first round.

Yanez expertly slid out of the way of his oppoent’s punch before countering with his own. While his opponent was stunned Yanez released a flurry of hooks expertly countering his weight with each strike to throw another and leaving Huang stumbling on the canvas.

One of Yanez’s most impressive finishes to date in the UFC was in his debut against Victor Rodriguez. Yanez, after beating down his opponent with punches, was able to catch him out of position with a high kick.