Submissions are an integral part of MMA, and fans of the sport have been fascinated by how effective they can be in both full-contact fighting and self-defense situations. Some submissions are fancy, while others simply get the job done with no flash at all. Here are some of the most common submissions you will find in the sport of MMA.
Rear naked choke
This is a relatively easy submission to pull off in MMA, yet it can be extremely effective when executed correctly. BJ Penn demonstrated that against Matt Hughes at the UFC 46 MMA fight event. It cuts off the blood supply to the opponent’s brain, forcing him to tap out or pass out. The most common way to perform this move is from the back-mount position with both hooks in. To perform a rear naked choke, you slide one arm underneath your opponents chin and grab your biceps (some prefer the shoulder) with the arm underneath the opponent’s chin. Grab the back of your opponent’s neck with the other arm, and squeeze till your opponent taps. If you’re having problems visualizing the submission you can check out the video.
The arm bar is another submission frequently used in MMA. It is a joint lock than puts tremendous pressure on an opponent’s elbows, causing serious injury to the arm if they refuse to tap. It can be performed from many different positions in MMA. The arm bar is more complicated than the rear naked choke and can take some time to master. MMA veteran Matt Hughes executed a beautiful arm bar against Georges St. Pierre at the UFC 50 fight event. If you’re interested in learning the arm bar, check out the video
This is an excellent choke, especially for MMA fighters with long legs. It cuts off the blood supply to the brain, forcing the opponent to tap out or lose consciousness. It is performed by trapping an opponent’s arm and wrapping you legs around the person’s neck, forming a triangle with the space between your legs. It can also be combined with an arm bar, like Anderson displayed against Chael Sonnen at the UFC 117 MMA fight event. For detailed instructions on how to perform this MMA submission, check out the video .
This is another simple yet effective submission used in MMA. It is usually used as a counter to a takedown attempt, but can be used from other positions in MMA as well. The guillotine choke works by restricting the opponent’s air flow. MMA’s rising star Cody Mackenzie is a master of the guillotine choke, winning 11 of his 13 fights by the submission. Check out the video for detailed instructions on how to perform the submission.
This is another common MMA choke that can be performed from many positions. The dynamics of this technique are similar to that of the triangle choke, but using the arms instead. Former UFC champion Brock Lesnar was able to finish of Shane Carwin at the UFC 116 MMA fight event. To execute the move, trap your opponents arm with your head, while wrapping your arms around the opponents head. You can watch the video to get a better understanding of this MMA submission.