Best Finishing Moves in MMA
Fights Should End Before the Bell, These Are the Best Finishing Moves in MMA
I’ve always wondered why more MMA fighters don’t employ the use of finishing moves in MMA. Their effectiveness is tried and true, and the fighters who use them are nearly unstoppable. It’s also a great tool for getting over, if you want to put more than peanuts in your pocket for each performance.
Luckily, signature finishing moves are not an art completely lost on the MMA world. Here are the best of the bunch.
The Rampage Slam –
Quinton Jackson stuck with the same finisher throughout his career, and it served him well. He put his most famous slam on Ricardo Arona in Pride, but worked it into a lot of his matches. It’s a part of his brand, and one of many reasons Rampage is an MMA superstar.
Chuck’s Overhand Right –
The Ice Bomb is iconic in MMA. During his run as world champion, Chuck was a master of giving the people what they wanted. And what they wanted was the overhand right from hell. Many superstars found their demise with the move, and hundreds more tried to replicate its success.
Rhonda Rousey’s Armbar –
Everyone knew it was coming, but no one could stop it. Rousey burst onto the scene and dispatched opponent after opponent with her patented arm bar finishing move. This quickly established her as the top Diva in the sport, and she carried her shtick to the world title and beyond. She’s now made her transition into professional wrestling, and only time will tell if she brings that famous arm bar along with her.
Rousimar Palharres’ Heelhook –
Rousimar Palharres showed signs of genius when he chose his finisher. Not only did he go with a devastating move, he also incorporated some word play. We all know that Palharres plays the role of heel, so choosing the heel hook was the perfect hook for this heel. It allowed him to hold on for too long, feign deafness, and continue cranking so everyone knew exactly which side he’s on. Brilliant.
Shogun’s Flying Head Stamp –
Everyone who fought Shogun knew what was in store for them if things didn’t go their way. This man would fly through the air and stamp on your head when he landed. This move could easily kill a man, which is why he could only use it in the lawless Japanese MMA market. But I’ll tell you what, Shogun’s flying head stamps were some of the most brutal shots ever landed in the sport. And they’re the reason he makes the list of the best finishing moves in MMA.