Devonte Smith: 11-3 (10 KO, 1 SUB)
Bursting into the UFC with a first round knockout over Joseph Lowry on Dana White’s contender series in 2018, Devonte Smith proved to be a slick striker that will finish you if you play with him on the feet. Following up his contract winning performance on the Contender Series, Smith would knockout veteran Julian Erosa just 46 seconds into his UFC Debut. Splitting his next four fights 2-2, Devonte Smith will look to keep his 100 percent finish rate alive against Erick Gonzalez next month at UFC 272.
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 11, 2018
Jalin Turner: 11-5 (8 KO, 3 SUB)
Jalin “The Tarantula” Turner is riding a three fight win streak in the UFC, his most notable win coming in his last fight against formerly undefeated prospect Uros Medic. Medic, closing as a -130 favorite, would be out-struck 40-6, taken down, and submitted just four minutes into the first round. Winning by submission in each of his last two fights, Turner has proven he’s not just a knockout artist, but a dynamic and versatile finisher. The Tarantula will also be looking to keep his perfect finish rate next month at UFC 272, entering the cage with Australian striker Jamie Mullarkey who himself is on a two fight knockout streak.
Daniel Pineda: 27-14 (9 KO, 18 SUB)
With 14 losses, Pineda’s record may not be the most attractive on this list, but having 27 wins and all of them coming inside of three rounds is ridiculous. His 18 submissions are the most on this list, and his nine knockouts are the third most on this list. Whether it was during his time at Bellator, PFL, or the UFC, Pineda has never needed judges to have his hands raised. Pineda will fight Jamall Emmers at a UFC Fight Night on May 14.
Abdul Razak Alhassan: 11-4 (11 KO)
Abdul Razak Alhassan is one of the people that you wont be surprised to see on this list. If you’ve seen Alhassan fight, you’ve probably seen him absolutely starch someone. In his 11 wins, all 11 of those opponents would have to be woken up and informed by the referee that the fight was over. His latest removal from consciousness would come just 17 seconds into the fight from a high kick that would end the night for Alessio Di Chirico. Alhassan will look to continue his KO streak against fellow human highlight reel Joaquin Buckley at a UFC Fight Night later this month.
— UFC (@ufc) August 29, 2021
Dricus Du Plessis: 16-2 (7 KO, 9 SUB)
South Africa’s Dricus Du Plessis has had a pretty smooth start to his UFC career scoring a knockout victory in each of his first two fights. Coming into the UFC being more known for his work on the ground, once going on a five fight submission streak under the Extreme Fighting Championship promotion. Du Plessis is showing the levels to his game with his dangerous and explosive striking. Du Plessis will take on his biggest test in the octagon yet, facing veteran Chris Curtis who is also 2-0 with two knockouts in the UFC. Look forward to that fight at UFC 273 in April.
Khamzat Chimaev: 10-0 (6 KO, 4 SUB)
This one you probably already knew. It’s everyone’s favorite stat to throw around that Chimaev has less than eight minutes of total fight time in his four UFC fights. Francis Ngannou, known to be the fastest finisher in the sport, spent over 20 minutes in the Octagon in his first four UFC fights. Prior to his UFC debut, Chimaev had only been to the second round twice. On paper he is the most efficient fighter we have ever seen, he also might be the most versatile. His 10 victories split almost evenly between six knockouts and sour submissions, we’ve seen him knockout grapplers and submit strikers. You cant make a mistake anywhere with Chimaev in any hopes to last 15 minutes with him. After his latest first round submission victory over Li Jingliang, Chimaev is in talks to fight Gilbert Burns at UFC 273.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 20, 2020
Shavkat Rakhmonov: 14-0 (7 KO, 7 SUB)
With the least media attention, or hype around his name, Shavkat Rakhmonov might be the most dangerous guy on this list. Undefeated, without a stain on his record, the Kazakh fighter has finished all 14 of his professional fights. Seven on the feet, seven on the ground. Rakhmonov made his debut at UFC 254, submitting veteran Alex Oliveira in the first round via guillotine choke. He followed up in 2021 with a rear naked choke win over Michel Prazeres, the first time in his 29 fights Prazeres had ever been finished. Rakhmonov will look to keep his perfect record and finish rate alive against Carlston Harris this Saturday at UFC Vegas 47.
Paul Craig: 15-4 (3 KO, 12 SUB)
Paul Craig is one of the last of a dying breed in the UFC, a true submission artist. Especially up at light heavyweight, you’d struggle to find too many ranked contenders that have won 80 percent of their fights by submission. Not to mention his last win, ruled a TKO was really a submission and a bad referee. It’s really about an 87 percent submission rate. To put that in perspective, Charles Oliveira has the most submissions in UFC history and only has a 63 percent submission rate. The Scottish submission specialist will take on fellow finisher Nikita Krylov (93 percent finish rate) at UFC London next month.
Paul Craig with the brutal submission on Jamahal Hill pic.twitter.com/G06aC8OmAM
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) June 13, 2021
Tom Aspinall: 11-2 (8 KO, 3 SUB)
Fan favorite and fast emerging heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall is on a fast-track to UFC gold. Having the quickest hands and slickest striking we’ve seen at heavyweight since Ciryl Gane, Aspinall has the BJJ blackbelt to go with it. Already being touted ‘The Future of Heavyweight’ Aspinall really could be the prototype for upcoming Heavyweights to follow. Not some unattainable freak physical specimen like Gane or Ngannou, Aspinall is just technically perfect. In his four fights with the UFC we are quite literally yet to see him make a mistake. Any questions we have as fans surrounding Aspinall will be answered next month at UFC London as he headlines the Main Event with by far his toughest task to date, six foot seven Russian striker Alexander Volkov.
Joel Alvarez: 19-2 (3 KO, 16 SUB)
Alvarez came into the UFC off the back of a six fight submission streak, thought to be only a problem on the ground. In his five fights with the promotion Alvarez has showed massive improvements in his striking with each appearance. Now on a four fight win streak in the UFC, two of which have come by knockout. Including an absolute slaughtering of Thiago Moises, finishing him with strikes in just three minutes of the first round. Displaying incredibly sharp Muay Thai striking, Alvarez is beginning to look more dangerous on the feet than he is on the ground, which is flat out insane to say about someone with 16 total submissions in 21 fights. Alvarez will take on fellow emerging prospect Arman Tsarukyan next month at UFC Vegas 49.
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— UFC (@ufc) November 13, 2021