Ronda Rousey and the 9 Best Finishers in the UFC

Nathan McCarter@McCarterNFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

Ronda Rousey and the 9 Best Finishers in the UFC

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    Ronda Rousey is 7-0 in her pro MMA career. If you add in her amateur record she is 10-0 as a fighter. What makes this even more impressive is that all 10 fights have ended in the same way, a first-round armbar.

    There are other spectacular finishers in the UFC too.

    This is not a list of the highest finishing percentages, but many of these fighters would appear there. Instead, this is a list of those fighters who have the killer instinct and finish off their opponents when they can—a not-so-easy task.

    Which fighters smell blood and end the fight before the judge's scorecards are read the best?

    Here is Ronda Rousey and nine other fantastic finishers who currently reside on the UFC's roster.

Glover Teixeira

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    Glover Teixeira quickly rose up the UFC rankings with his brutal finishes of Kyle Kingsbury and Fabio Maldonaldo.

    Teixeira is a fighter who has vicious power in his hands and fantastic submission skills as well.

    Prior to the Quinton "Rampage" Jackson bout, Teixeira hadn't went to the judges since 2010. Of his 20 professional wins, 15 of those have ended before the final bell.

    There is a reason fans want to see him square off with Jon Jones. Fans love finishers, and when you finish fights, you instill that in the minds of the audience. The possibility of him taking the championship gold makes him an enticing addition to the light heavyweight ranks.

Carlos Condit

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    If your nickname is "The Natural Born Killer," then you are probably going to make a list like this.

    The former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion lives up to his moniker more often than not.

    Prior to joining the WEC, Condit showed good, well-rounded skills on the regional circuit. Once in the WEC he submitted his first four opponents. That included winning the WEC title and defending it twice.

    En route to the interim championship, he pulled off a come-from-behind stoppage against prospect Rory MacDonald and then two big knockouts over Kim Dong-Hyun and Dan Hardy.

    Condit is one of the most entertaining welterweights on the planet, and he knows how to end fights.

Junior dos Santos

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    The former UFC Heavyweight Champion has seven finishes in the UFC alone.

    Junior dos Santos is a bad, bad man with heavy hands and an underutilized ground game.

    His UFC debut showed his finishing ability. The unknown was taking on Fabricio Werdum, and knocked him out in under 90 seconds. He put the division, and world, on notice.

    He continued his reign of terror with finishes over Stefan Struve, Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel, and Gabriel Gonzaga. He then claimed the championship belt with a quick KO of Cain Velasquez and defended it by TKOing Frank Mir.

    Dos Santos is patient with his striking. He lets the knockout come to him and, more often than not, it does.

Demian Maia

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    Demian Maia may be the first on the list that you will truly question. After all, Maia has only finished less than half of his UFC bouts.

    The reason Maia enters this discussion with less than a 50 percent finishing rate is because his ground game is that good. It is deadly.

    In the decisions that he has had, he has either been unable to get the fight to the mat or decided to stand and bang.

    Maia began his UFC career with five straight submissions. Everyone knew the odds of surviving him on the canvas were slim. Now, as a welterweight, he is back to getting fights to the ground where he is best. Ask Rick Story how that goes.

    Maia has improved his hands, but his suffocating jiu-jitsu lands him on the list by itself. It is that impressive.

Frank Mir

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    Frank Mir is the best heavyweight finisher of all time.

    If he has a hold of one of your limbs, he is going to break it—simply put.

    The bone breaking finishes of Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira are forever a part of UFC lure. They are brutal, but you cannot look away from them.

    His finishes have also varied. A kneebar on Brock Lesnar, a guillotine choke on Cheick Kongo, toe holds, Kimuras and more. He is not a one-trick pony on the mat.

    Mir has a couple stoppages by strikes, but it is his cringe-worthy submission skills that have made him as feared as he is.

    Of his pro MMA wins, only three have went to a decision. More often than not, Mir is inflicting enough pain to warrant the finish.

Vitor Belfort

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    Eighteen of 22 professional victories have ended violently for Vitor Belfort.

    The longtime veteran of the sport has continued to transform to remain one of the very best. He is not far off from another shot at championship gold.

    Belfort's ground game is under-appreciated. It nearly allowed him to shock the world with a finish of Jon Jones. Yet, it is Belfort's ridiculous speed and power that presides in his fists that everyone sits on the edge of their seat for.

    He is lightning fast with his hands. In the blink of an eye it can all be over.

    The former UFC Heavyweight Tournament winner and Light Heavyweight Champion has blitzed his opponents time and again. Thus far, he shows no signs of slowing in his devastating finishes.

Jon Jones

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    The current light heavyweight kingpin burst on to the UFC scene with a lot of flash. His growth as a fighter quickly turned him into the most feared man in the division.

    His first two UFC fights went to a decision. He was a late replacement against Andre Gusmao, and then took on Stephan Bonnar. Both fights showed that the youngster had a lot of potential, and then he began to realize it.

    Some of his most impressive finishes came on the ground with his elbows. He literally broke Brandon Vera's face with one devastating strike. He followed that up by hammering away at Vladimir Matyushenko until the referee stepped in.

    No one can forget his complete destruction of Shogun Rua.

    What makes Jones so good is that often times people forget about his submission skills. He has five finishes by submission in the UFC alone. That includes the visually stunning drop of an unconscious Lyoto Machida.

    The scariest thing about the champion is that he is still getting better. The best is yet to come from Jones.

Jose Aldo

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    Jose Aldo has only finished one of his four title defenses in the UFC, but his career in the WEC has shown the world what kind of finisher he can be.

    His lack of finishes in the UFC can be attributed to the level of competition as well. Frankie Edgar is not exactly the easiest man to make quit.

    Aldo, pound-for-pound, may be the most complete fighter in MMA.

    He has excellent jiu-jitsu and knockout power in his hands, knees, and legs. He is deadly wherever the fight takes place. It is hard for his opponents to even decide where they have the best chance at defeating him.

    The featherweight champion continues to show flashes of brilliance. His knockout of Chad Mendes was only topped by his celebration of knocking out Chad Mendes. Aldo can end fights before anyone knows what's happening.

Ronda Rousey

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    I've already mentioned it in the introductory slide: 7-0, seven armbars.

    It does not get any more efficient than that. Period.

    Rousey is an expert grappler who only has one thing on her mind, and if you do not tap, she will not hesitate to make your day a whole lot more painful.

    Miesha Tate found out the hard way.

    There are still questions about her stand-up and if she can submit fighters any other way. But the question has to be: why bother when this is working so well? Rousey does not need to show those other facets of her game just yet. She's doing just fine with the armbar.

    She is a star.

Anderson Silva

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    There should not be a question as to who the best finisher in all of MMA is. It's the greatest fighter we have ever seen: Anderson Silva.

    In his UFC career, he has only went to a decision twice. And in those two times, it is arguable that he could have been more aggressive to get a finish, but he played it smart and safe.

    In the other bouts, well, he has dazzled us.

    Precision striking, surprising submissions, and jaw-dropping moments are the mark of his career.

    There is not much more to be said about Silva. He's a marvel. He is The Spider.