6. Joe Lauzon
Often lauded for being the fighter with the most post-fight bonus awards in UFC history (alongside fellow TUF Season 5 competitor Nate Diaz), the fact about Lauzon that perhaps doesn’t get as much attention as it should is the fact that he is also one of the company’s all-time best fight-finishers.
An impressive 12 finishes out of 14 overall UFC victories is enough to earn Lauzon the sixth spot on this rundown, and it all began with a memorable win in his UFC debut in 2006.
Just 22 years old at the time, Lauzon was a massive underdog when he stepped into the Octagon for the first time at UFC 63 to fight the returning star Jens Pulver, but only 48 seconds into the bout, he delivered a major upset by knocking the former lightweight champion out with a left hook.
Strikes account for five of Lauzon’s Octagon finishes, but he’s better known for his crafty submission skills, which he’s used to tap out seven of his opponents, including Curt Warburton, who fell victim to a particularly technical triangle kimura in 2011.
Other UFC fighters who have been stopped by the 32-year-old over the years include the likes of Diego Sanchez, Takanori Gomi, Jamie Varner and Melvin Gullard. If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!