10 Fighters That Always Look to Finish
Fighters who go into a fight looking to finish their opponent generally become fan favorites in the sport of MMA.
No one likes to watch two combatants lay on top of each other and inflict little to no damage for 15 or 25 minutes.
Rather, fans want to see finishes and, more importantly, want to be entertained.
These are the fighters that never fail to entertain and always go for the finish inside the Octagon.
Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Those who hate Nick Diaz surely don't hate him for his fighting style.
Whether he's mentally unstable or not, Diaz shows up on fight night to get into a scrap with his opponent, and no one can dispute that.
As long as the fight is standing, Diaz will throw punches in bunches and even throw some crazy karate kicks at his opponent.
In his MMA career, Diaz has finished 21 of his 26 wins. Heck, he has to finish his opponent given his track record with losing decisions.
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Jon Jones isn't just flashy inside the Octagon. Oh no, this guy's a finisher.
While Jones has incredible stand up, he normally finishes his opponent by way of submission. Take this past weekend for instance.
Jones peppered Vitor Belfort with perfectly-placed shots on the feet and vicious ground and pound at UFC 152, but he finished Belfort with an Americana.
Out of Jones' 17 career fights, only three of them have gone the distance. Quite frankly, going the distance against Jones is an accomplishment in of itself.
Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
You can't have one Diaz without the other.
Just like his brother, Nate Diaz puts the pressure on his opponent with an unrelenting pace.
Whether he's standing with his opponent or working on the bottom, Diaz is always looking to finish his man decisively.
In his last bout at UFC on FOX 3, Diaz became the first fighter to finish Jim Miller. That's a feat that great fighters such as Benson Henderson, Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar all failed to do.
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Come on, you can't have a list of finishers and not have "The Axe Murderer" on it.
With fists of fury and wild swinging hay-makers, Wanderlei Silva never ceases to have the best fight on the card.
In fact, Silva is perhaps the most beloved fighter in MMA history for his wild exchanges and thrilling bouts.
If there was ever a fighter that defined going in for the kill, it would be this man.
Junior Dos Santos
Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Sure, outside the Octagon, Junior dos Santos is the nicest guy you'll ever meet.
However, inside the cage it is a completely different story.
Just like flicking a switch, dos Santos transforms into a rabid beast that has excellent boxing technique.
Dos Santos has finished seven of his nine UFC fights, and all of his finishes in the UFC have come by stoppage due to strikes.
Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
You know those wrestlers that like to lay and pray on their opponent? Yeah, Cain Velasquez isn't that guy.
Just look at Velasquez's last fight.
Velasquez is a guy who can not only out-wrestle his opponent, but he has excellent striking to go along with it. Against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at UFC 146, Velasquez used both.
Velasquez took Silva down within the opening seconds of the fight and painted Silva's face red with his own crimson blood until the referee had seen enough and called the fight.
Simply put, this fighter's an animal.
Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
That's been B.J. Penn's motto throughout his illustrious MMA career, and it's made for some memorable fights throughout the years.
Penn has electrified audiences with bouts against Sean Sherk, NIck Diaz, Caol Uno and even had an entertaining fight with Jon Fitch.
Though he's been out of action for all of 2012, fans are itching to see Penn participate in another memorable clash in the UFC.
Michael Nagle/Getty Images
Alan Belcher is the surprise pick for this slideshow.
Though he's not normally associated as being a pure fight finisher, take a look at what Belcher's done recently.
Belcher has finished five of his last six fights in the UFC, and the fight he didn't finish he lost by decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama. For those that remember that fight, it was an all-out war.
This "talented" UFC fighter always engages in a crowd-pleasing affair, and it's about time Belcher gets the respect he deserves and is labeled a "fight finisher."
Chan Sung Jung
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Winning decisions simply doesn't register in Chan Sung Jung's mind.
The "Korean Zombie" has won all three of his fights in the UFC, and he's finished every bout in devestating fashion.
First, he had pulled off the first ever Twister submission inside the Octagon in his rematch against Leonard Garcia. He then followed the performance up with an enticing 7-second knockout victory against Mark Hominick, and then won a hard-fought battle against Dustin Poirier.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will push forward in a fight despite being on queer street.
We've seen in his fights against Jon Jones and Dan Henderson that Rua will be wobbled by strikes but continuously stalks his opponent.
That's a true fighter.
Rua's classic against Henderson was one of the best fights MMA fans had ever seen, and it was because both men constantly went for the finish despite taking an absurd amount of damage.