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MMA Stats: The Top 10 Latest Finishes in UFC History

7. UFC on FOX 4: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Brandon Vera via TKO (punches), 4:03 of round four

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The only non-title fight to appear on the list took place in the main event of UFC on FOX 4, when Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated Brandon Vera via fourth-round TKO after a volume of unanswered strikes forced the referee to intervene.

The fight came on the heels of Rua’s classic UFC 139 five-rounder against Dan Henderson, and it’s hard to imagine that Shogun has many more wars like this left in the tank; his follow-up loss to Alexander Gustafsson suggested that Shogun’s best days are behind him. As for Vera, he decided to go back up to heavyweight after his encounter with Shogun, making this one of the true wars of attrition to appear on this list.

8. UFC on FUEL TV 7: Renan Barao def. Michael McDonald via submission (arm-triangle choke) 3:57 of round four

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The only fight to appear on this list that took place on FUEL TV (meaning it was likely the least-viewed match of any on the list) took place earlier this year in London, England at UFC on FUEL TV 7, as Renan Barao submitted Michael McDonald with an arm-triangle choke late in the fourth round to defend his UFC interim bantamweight championship for the first time. The fight also featured the lowest combined age (47 years) between the two combatants among the fights on this list, proving that even the youngsters have what it takes to finish fights in the UFC.

9. UFC 101: BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian via submission (rear-naked choke), 3:54 of round four

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The third BJ Penn fight to appear on this list came due to his late submission of Kenny Florian at UFC 101, a fight Penn finished with his signature rear-naked choke as he once again defended the UFC lightweight title. In my opinion, Penn is the greatest lightweight fighter in the history of the sport. The fact that he owns two of the victories on this list speaks volumes about his ability to finish fights, and is proof of his outstanding cardio when he competed at 155 pounds.

10. UFC 136: Frankie Edgar def. Gray Maynard via KO (punches), 3:54 of round four

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And the tenth fight on the list (it’s actually tied for ninth) took place at UFC 136, when Frankie Edgar knocked out Gray Maynard with punches late in the fourth round of their trilogy fight to retain the UFC lightweight championship.

This was one of the most shocking victories to happen in the Octagon in a long time, as Edgar had been rocked badly by Maynard early on in the bout (as well as countless times during their UFC 125 match), and most figured if someone was going to get knocked out in the trilogy it would be Edgar.

But Edgar proved that the little guys do have power as he took Maynard to the championship rounds and, with Maynard tired out, Edgar landed a series of brutal punches to knock Maynard out cold, defend the UFC lightweight title, and secure his place as one of the greatest lightweights ever.

10 Facts About the Top 10 Latest Finishes in UFC History:

1. Six of the top 10 latest stoppages came via submission, while four came via T/KO. However, two of those submission stoppages came as a result of strikes (Shamrock vs. Ortiz, Rodriguez vs. Couture).

2. BJ Penn is the only fighter to appear on the list more than once, thanks to his late victories over Sanchez and Florian, and corner-stoppage loss to Georges St. Pierre.

3. Penn is the only fighter in UFC history to record a victory in both the fourth and fifth rounds.

4. The methods of victory for every single fight on this list are different.

5. Only one of the top 10 finishes on the list took place at a location outside the United States — Barao vs. McDonald, which took place in London, England.

6. Rua vs. Vera is the only non-title fight to appear on the entire list. The only other non-title fight to date that came close to making this list was the UFC on FUEL TV 3 bout between Chan Sung Jung and Dustin Poirier, which ended 67 seconds into the fourth round.

7. Five of the stoppages on the list came in weight classes of 155 pounds or below, while five of the stoppages came in weight classes of 170 pounds or above.

8. Seven of the 10 finishes on the list took place after UFC 100.

9. Eight of these fights were title defenses, while Rua vs. Vera was a non-title fight and Rodriguez vs. Couture was for a vacant title.

10. Of the top 10 latest finishes in UFC history, not once did a challenger take the belt from the reigning title holder.

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NomadRip- August 1, 2013 at 12:29 am
I would argue that 6 of them were stopped due to blows, not just 2. Not necessarily being knocked unconscious, but doctor or corner stoppages don't take place due to "I'm late for a press conference." It's because they got beat senseless.
lenoz- July 31, 2013 at 2:51 pm
I felt like this list should have been, and would have been better if it had been, the latest finishes in terms of what was left in the fight and not simply those with the most fight before them. Would love to see that top 10.
rickyskaggs- July 31, 2013 at 8:59 pm
i'm confused as to what you're saying. the list wouldn't change at all?
Fried Taco- July 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm
I'm also known for my late finishes. In fact, my female partner is always looking at me with that "are you done yet because I finished hours ago" look in her eyes.
SumDumGuy- August 1, 2013 at 3:50 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVfSnO-w2WI
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