5 MMA Submission Moves
Thanks to the popularity of the UFC, many of us are searching for 5 MMA submission movies. MMA is one of the hottest sports going today and one of the most exciting parts of any match is when someone locks in an unbreakable submission move. Whether they make their opponent tap out or pass out from the pain, it is a painful maneuver eliciting a huge pop from the crowd. Here are five of the more impressive submission moves in MMA fighting.
- Triangle Choke. The triangle choke is one of the more popular submission holds in MMA fighting. A fighter accomplishes this choke by using his legs to encircle the head and one of the arms of his opponent. When the fighter squeezes his legs together, his opponents head pulls down. He will either tap out or pass out within a few seconds.
- Gogoplata. The gogoplata is famous as a professional wrestling move thanks to the WWE attempting to bring a little MMA fighting to their brand. The submission move is a variation of the triangle choke. When a fighter is lying on his back under his opponent, he brings one leg forward, wraps it under his opponent’s arm and around to the front of his opponent’s head, placing his shin against his opponent’s neck. He then grasps the back of his opponent’s head and starts to pull down, applying a shin choke. The downed fighter then raises his other leg, lifts it over his opponent opposite shoulder and places it behind his opponent’s head, creating a scissor-like effect. The fighter then continues applying pressure with both hands to earn the tap out.
- Guillotine. The guillotine choke is a Brazilian Jujitsu technique extremely popular among MMA fighters, including the legendary Gracie family. When an opponent’s head lowers, a fighter will wrap his forearm across his opponent’s neck and grasp his wrist with his other hand. He then raises his arm and applies the choke. As the two fighters fall to the ground, the man applying the hold then wraps his legs around his opponent and pushes his legs in the opposite direction as the choke to increase the pressure. This move can get both an air choke (cutting off the air) and blood choke (cutting off blood flow to the brain), depending on how it is applied.
- Rear Naked Choke. The rear naked choke is a difficult submission move to complete in MMA fights where the fighters wear gloves but remains an effective choke when a fighter locks it in. The fighter needs to start in the back mount, with both legs wrapped around his downed opponent. The fighter then brings one arm over his opponent’s shoulder and the other under the opposite armpit. The fighter will use his lower hand to grasp the wrist on the upper arm. When the arms lock, the fighter hugs his arms together, squeezing his arm into his opponent’s neck, while pushing out with his chest. The opponent will pass out or tap out within seconds.
- Kimura. The Kimura is a submission move that works the shoulder of the opponent. Like the gogoplata, the fighter must be on his back with his opponent on top of him. The downed fighter grabs his opponent’s right wrist, thumb-to-thumb while grasping the opponent’s neck with his other hand. He then lifts his right leg, places his heel on his own hip and raises his knee in to the inside of the opponent’s elbow. He takes the captured wrist and moves it tight into his own leg. The fighter then spins against the opponent’s body, ending up perpendicular to him. The fighter then moves his other hand, wraps it between the locked arm and body and grasps his other wrist, locking the hold in. Then the fighter pushes the elbow forward, forcing the tap out. This submission move broke Renzo Gracie’s arm at Pride 10.