So while watching Roy Nelson put his signature belly crucifix on Cro Cop at UFC 138, I started to wonder which other MMA fighters have such a signature, video game-style move. I'm talking about a move that is so unique to the fighter that if somebody else did it, you'd be like, "oh that's (so and so's) move, and you're doing it wrong." A classic example would be the Chuck Liddell overhand right. Lots of people can throw an overhand, but nobody throws it like Chuck, and if they do it's nowhere near as deadly. Note that by "signature move," I don't just mean something that somebody's good at, like "Jose Aldo has good leg kicks" or "Fabricio Werdum has a good triangle." It has to be a move wholly unique to that fighter or a standard move that the fighter does in a completely unique and/or uniquely effective way. The fighter should have hit it multiple times (or hit it once in a very prominent way, such as the Pettis kick), and one that will score MAJOR points if not finish the fight if landed.
Here's a list I came up with:
Roy Nelson-- belly crucifix
Alistair Overeem-- standing guillotine
CroCop-- left headkick
Jon Jones-- spinning back elbow, lateral drop
Quinton Jackson-- power slam
Dan Henderson-- "H-bomb," or whatever the fuck we're supposed to call it
Roger Gracie-- full mount
Anderson Silva-- the forrest griffin punch, the belfort kick, rich franklin thai clinch
Wanderlei Silva-- soccer kick
Rousimar Palhares-- heel hook
GSP-- superman punch, double leg
Nick Diaz-- 'the swarm'
BJ Penn-- rear naked choke
Matt Hughes-- the Trigg slam
Shinya Aoki-- reverse gogoplata, neck crank from back control, the 'Hirota hammerlock'
Anthony Pettis-- showtime kick
Cody McKenzie-- McKenzietine
Hatsu Hioki-- triangle from mount
Urijah Faber-- spinning back elbow (just kidding)
Ronda Rousey-- armbar
Feel free to add more if anybody can think of them.