This year saw a string of MMA fighters execute some amazing submissions. The massive Richard Hale caught Nik Fekete overlooking his submission prowess and locked on a tight inverted triangle choke that put the talented wrestler to sleep at Bellator 38. Chan Sung Jung, or as most now know him, “The Korean Zombie” pulled off one of the most rare submissions you’ll see in the sport, as he applied the powerful “Twister” to an unsuspecting Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24; it was hands down one of the most brilliant finishes in the history of the sport.
But the spectacular finishes weren’t confined to American based cages, or promotions for that matter. Russian fans were witness to a remarkable modified gogoplata that Vinny Magalhaes pulled out of thin air, cranking the neck of Red Devil product, Viktor Nemkov and forcing the submission, and he did it all from the mount! Shinya Aoki also kept his Japanese fans more than appeased, as he finished his first three fights of 2011 with his patented neck crank. Perhaps Vinny and Shinya should book a lunch and juggle submission dialogue.
While in Canada virtual unknown Pablo “The Scarecrow” Garza turned many heads when he successfully trapped Yves Jabouin in a beautifully timed flying triangle choke at UFC 129. At the season 14 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Diego Brandao stared defeat in the eyes as he tangled with Dennis Bermudez, but managed to apply an insanely quick armbar to bring a halt to the fight, just moments after being floored by his “Team Mayhem” opponent.
While all of these submission finishes are outstanding, none were quite as extraordinary as the bone breaking kimura Frank Mir latched on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140. We’ve seen plenty of kimuras executed in the confines of the octagon, and Mir himself has finished with the armlock himself in the past.
However, the maneuver is a power submission, and the vast majority of fighters know that if the kimura is tight, it’s either tap, or snap; also of extreme note: Nogueria has been regarded as the greatest submission specialist in the division for a decade straight. He’s finished 20 fights by submission, and, leading up to UFC 140, very few picked Mir to win by submission, let alone break one of “Big Nog’s” bones in the process. But that’s exactly what happened, and as gruesome as the finish was, it’s impossible to deny the beauty of Mir’s accomplishment. That’s one submission that will live on in the minds of fans for many years to come.
You can also follow The MMA Zone on Twitter here.