Top 20 Least Consistent Finishers in the UFC Rankings

For a fight fan, seeing a great finish in a fight is like seeing a great home run or an awesome touchdown pass. It just adds that little something extra to the viewing experience. Yet there are those who prefer to grind out a victory using strong wrestling skills or clench work. Sometimes the fighter has back and forth battles with his opponent leading to him having numerous decision victories. These fighters may get a finish every once in a while, but fans do not really expect it of them. These are the fighters that even Jon Fitch would say “damn you’re boring.” With that in mind, here is a list ranking the least consistent finishers from the current UFC rankings as of October 30th.

Guidelines for how the rankings were compiled:

A fighter must have five wins in the UFC (Wins in WEC do not count for this list)

The ranking is done by percentage of wins that come from a finish (12 finishes out of 20 wins equals a finish percentage of 60%, for example)

In the case of a tie the person with fewer finishes receives higher placing in the rankings

If it is still a tie, then it will be marked as a tie between the fighters.

Out of 135 possible fighters from nine divisions who could make the list, only 81 met the minimum qualifications of five UFC wins. Most notably, since the division is fairly new, no fighters in the Women’s Bantamweight division made the cut, though a few were close like Rhonda Rousey. The Women’s Strawweight division was not considered as there is no official ranking for it yet. The division with the most eligible fighters was the Featherweight division with 14 fighters, followed by the Heavyweight division with 13, while the Flyweight division had only five.

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20 T19. Fabio Maldonado 5 – 4

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Two finishes (40%)

With hard fought battles against the likes of Joey Beltran, Stipe Miocic, and Glover Teixeira, Fabio Maldonado has become the Heavyweight version of Chris Leben in that he is willing to stand and bang with anyone, no matter the outcome. Unfortunately he has not been able to string together many finishes inside the Octagon like Leben has. The good thing for Maldonado though is that his fights are entertaining for the most part as long as he does not gas out and with the Heavyweight division needing some fresh blood, his job is secure for the time being.

19 T19. Alex Caceres 5 – 5 (1 NC)

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Two finishes (40%)

After fighting on the twelfth season of The Ultimate Fighter “Bruce Leeroy” Alex Cacares seemed to struggle to find solid footing inside the Featherweight division. Bouncing between wins before going on what could have been a five fight win streak if not for an overturned decision due to a failed drug test, he appeared to get in the right groove to win. Unfortunately, only two of those wins did not go to the judges’ scorecards but thankfully Cacares is charismatic enough and puts on entertaining fights to keep him away from the chopping block designated for boring fighters.

18 T16. Ryan Bader 11 – 4

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Four finishes (36%)

After winning the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter by TKO, Ryan Bader seemed poised to show the MMA world that there was a new force to be reckoned with in the Lightheavyweight division. Unfortunately, Bader for the most part would show knockout power by leveling glass jaw Keith Jardine and Jason Brilz. Even against an overweight and lethargic Rampage Jackson, Bader could not find the ability to finish the fight, instead opting to outwrestle the boxer. Apparently the Force is not strong with “Darth” Bader.

17 T16. Rick Story 11 – 6

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Four finishes (36%)

In the case of Rick Story you have a guy who not so much a lay and pray grinder, but a guy who smothers his opponents on the ground and peppers them with strikes. While he may not be winning fans with his lack of finishes, he has picked up some huge decision victories in the past including wins over current Welterweight Champion Johnny Hendricks and most recently Gunnar Nelson. Now if he can turn that momentum into another big win streak, he may soon find himself facing off for the title, but do not expect there to be a lot of knockouts or submissions along the way.

16 T16. Frankie Edgar 11 – 4 – 1

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Four finishes (36%)

With an incredible will to keep fighting and stamina for days, former Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar has made quite a name for himself in the UFC. Speed and stamina though have not always led to knock outs and submissions though, as he only has four out of 11 UFC wins, including a recent one over a past-his-prime BJ Penn. Apparently, “The Answer” does not include knocking your opponent out or making them tap out to a submission but rather includes grinding them down with grappling and striking.

15 T14. Phil Davis 9 – 2

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Three finishes (33%)

With a body like a cartoon strongman and a strong wrestling pedigree, “Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis has made it a habit to let the judges decide his fights. With only three finishes in nine fights, he has been able to climb up the Lightheavyweight ranks, but slowly. He has tried to change his image recently, becoming more boisterous on the mic and calling out certain fighters like Jon Jones and most recently Anderson Silva, but if he does not complete the change from a decision fighter to a finisher, he may never get offered those big name fights that he keeps asking for.

14 T14. Demetrious Johnson 9 – 1 – 1

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Three finishes (33%)

After coming to the UFC and moving into the newly created Flyweight Division, Demetrious Johnson found his place in MMA as he became the first ever Flyweight Champion in the UFC. Unfortunately, his lightning speed and quick strikes have not equated to finishes as all but three of his wins have gone the distance, which includes wins over Ian McCall, Joseph Benavidez, and John Dodson. Recently though, he has gone on to rack up three finishes in his last four fights, seemingly as a way to prove to skeptics that the lighter weight classes can have finishers.

13 T12. Khabib Nurmagomedov 6 – 0

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Two finishes (33%)

Since debuting at UFC on FX 1, Khabib Nurmagomedov has been on a tear through the stacked UFC Lightweight division. Racking up six wins in the span two years, he now finds himself ranked second in the entire division. What's more impressive is that in those two years, he has only finished two opponents. While that may seem like a hindrance, he has made up for it with an incredible ground game and by breaking the record for most takedowns in a single UFC fight at twenty-one.

12 T12. Iuri (Yuri) Alcantara 6 – 2 (1 NC)

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Two finishes (33%)

Coming into the UFC after the WEC merger, Alcantarahas slowly climbed the ranks of the Bantamweight division with wins over Iliarde Santos, Wilson Reis, and Vaughn Lee, but with only two finishes to his name, fans realize they are in for the long haul when he comes to fight. Fortunately, both of his finishes in the UFC have been at his current weight, so there seems to be a better chance of him finishing an opponent than when he was fighting in the Featherweight division when he debuted in the UFC, plus his career before entering the UFC is littered with finishes so he does have power in his hands.

11 Dong Hyun Kim 10 – 3 (1 NC)

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Three finishes (30%)

Despite having the nickname “Stun Gun,” there has been very little stunning about Dong Hyun Kim’s wins up until recently. A notorious grinder for most of his UFC career, Kim has climbed up the Welterweight ranks using strong wrestling and ground control. Yet he has had a change in fight philosophy recently as he has knocked out John Hathaway and Erick Silva in an attempt to earn more high profile matches and win over fans. With his built in skillset, it appears that “Stun Gun” is trying to earn his moniker with an improved standup game.

10 T8. Dan Henderson 7 – 6

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Two finishes (29%)

While he may have one of the most exciting knockouts in UFC history over Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson will still be remembered by many as “Decision” Dan Henderson. He has helped silence that criticism over the last few years with memorable slugfests with Shogun Rua and Fedor Emelianenko. Yet even the biggest of hitters get older and it seems that age is finally starting to catch up to “Hendo” as he appears to be in the twilight years of his career, so here’s hoping to at least one more big H-Bomb from the former Pride Champion.

9 T8. Jose Aldo 7 – 0

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Two finishes (29%)

Since coming to the UFC, fans have been waiting to see the killer instinct that made them flock to seeing a Jose Aldo match. His eight second knockout of Cub Swanson is still fresh in the mind of fight fans, who now watch him leg kick opponents into oblivion. His two finishes in the UFC have almost come by accident it seems as he knocked out Chad Mendes when he spun and caught Mendes with a knee as he was shooting for a takedown and scored a TKO over the Korean Zombie after KZ dislocated his shoulder and Aldo attacked it with a few kicks. While most of his fights have been exciting, namely his recent rematch with Mendes, fans would love to see Aldo start scoring knockouts again as he had done prior to coming to the UFC.

8 T8. Raphael Assuncao 7 – 1

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Two finishes (29%)

A top ranked Bantamweight with a decision win over current Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw, Raphael Assuncao has definitely earned his spot as the #4 Bantamweight in the UFC. Yet despite the high ranking, Assuncao has become known as a judge’s enemy because he makes them do their job all the time rather than giving them the fight off by finishing his opponent. Assuncao has a chance to prove himself as he has been moving up the ranks and in his last fight with Brian Caraway, he doubled the amount of strikes landed in comparison to Caraway, giving fans an exciting fight and the hopes of a rematch against Dillashaw.

7 Darren Elkins 8 – 3

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Two finishes (25%)

Darren Elkins has slowly climbed into the top fifteen of the UFC Featherweight Division. He just has not been able to get many finishes while doing it. What is worse is that one of his finishes in the UFC was by accident in his debut when Duane Ludwig suffered an ankle injury after being taken down by Elkins. Elkins has shown in the past that he can finish fights, considering he has won by knockout seven times in his career and by submission three times, but for some reason he has not been able to do it consistently in the UFC.

6 Nik Lentz 9 – 3 – 1 (1NC)

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Two finishes (22%)

With only two finishes in nine UFC wins, Nik Lentz’s nickname should be changed to “Nyquil” as he exemplifies the Lay and Pray fight style, which has been described by Seanbaby of Cracked as “lay on your opponent and pray no one gets a b----.” It is this type of fighting style that causes fans to boo viciously at MMA events and can give the UFC reason to want to release you at a moment’s notice once you lose, like what happened to Jon Fitch and Jake Shields. At least you know when Lentz comes to fight, you have a fifteen minute snack and bathroom break.

5 Jorge Masvidal 5 – 1

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One finish (20%)

Jorge Masvidal has stopping power; that much is clear when you look at his entire career record which includes knockout wins over Joe Lauzon and Yves Edwards, but for some reason he has not been able to bring that kind of consistency into the UFC. His only finish in the UFC came in his debut at UFC on Fox 7 when he submitted Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa. Since then he has only won by decision, using striking and Octagon control to pick up the victories.

4 T2. Brad Tavares 7 – 3

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One finish (14%)

Coming off the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter Brad Tavares was heading into some very deep waters within the UFC Middleweight division. Yet the finishing prowess he showcased during the season has been almost nowhere to be found inside the Octagon, as he has only finished one fight out of his seven victories inside the UFC. Tavares at least is putting on entertaining fights that are appealing to fans, such as his battle with Phil Baroni and the fact that he is a TUF-alumni should keep him safe in the UFC for the time being.

3 T2. Takeya Mizugaki 7 – 3

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One finish (14%)

Another WEC transplant, Takeya Mizugaki has climbed his way up the Bantamweight ranks after bouncing between wins and losses. He would use crisp striking to beat other Bantamweights like Brian Caraway, Erik Perez, and Nam Phan, but he has shown that he just does not seem to possess the power to knock someone out on a consistent basis. With only five wins by knockout and one by submission in comparison to fourteen decision victories, it seems like Mizugaki is destined to outpoint his way to victory when he steps inside the cage.

2 T2. Chris Cariaso 7 – 4

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One finish (14%)

If you looked up decision victory in the dictionary, you might just see Chris Cariaso’s picture next to it. Out of 17 pro MMA victories, only three have been won by knockout and another two by submission. Now while he does try to keep the fights entertaining with back and forth battles such as he had with Michael McDonald, he still cannot leave it out of the judges’ hands. Now after his recent loss to champ Demetrious Johnson, it will be interesting to see if he decides to modify his style as he tries to climb back up into contendership.

1 Benson Henderson 9 – 2

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One finish (11%)

Was this any surprise? Since coming to the UFC after its acquisition of WEC, Ben Henderson has been the epitome of a point fighter. With decisions over Frankie Edgar, Gilbert Melendez, and Clay Guida, he has proven time and time again that while his style works, it leaves much to be desired. What makes it slightly worse is that many of his fights end up being close enough to be controversial. Fans constantly debate whether or not he really did enough to win the fight, especially his title fights against Edgar and Melendez.


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