MMA  > General MMA  > Best Submission of All Time
January 31, 2012, 01:30 PM
Uno asked for it, so here it is.

The first matches of MMA showed that the knockout was not always the way a real fight could decisively end. From the first Pancrase show which ended with Ken Shamrock choking Funaki Masakatsu to Royce Gracie running through three opponents in one night at UFC 1, including the aforementioned Shamrock, the submission has come to epitomize style over brutality. Though the gentileness doesn't always show when "The Gentle Art" is employed, just ask Shungo Oyama or Razzak Al-Hassan.

What are your guys picks for the best subs of all time? They don't necessarily have to be the greatest, just name some of your favorites that really stick out in your mind.

I'll get the ball rolling:

The Armbar that Dustin Hazelett pulled off on Burkman

The entire Sakuraba vs Newton fight, including the beautiful kneebar finish

Bas Rutten getting the rolling knee bar on the still standing Maurice Smith

The cool **** calf crusher that Oliveria pulled off last weekend. Think you pulled your leg free? I think not...
January 31, 2012  02:04 PM ET

Wanna see some great Jitz, watch Dustin Hazzellet vz Tandem Mcrorry (sp on both)

Great sub at the end, and great Jitz skills leading up to it

January 31, 2012  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wanna see some great Jitz, watch Dustin Hazzellet vz Tandem Mcrorry (sp on both)Great sub at the end, and great Jitz skills leading up to it

Yeah,that was a great omoplata-to-reverse-armlock finish. Tamdan's shoulder popped at the end too, that was a good one.

January 31, 2012  02:08 PM ET

How bout a KO'd Mir on Big Nog....INSANE!

January 31, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Mir breaking Sylvia's arm

January 31, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Randy's sub of James Toney (joke)

lol

January 31, 2012  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

How bout a KO'd Mir on Big Nog....INSANE!

I hate that dam fight. I just hate that Frank won that fight so much. All he does is talk **** all day long about how Pride sucked (JV MMA, as Loki would say.) Then he is finally getting his mouth shut, by one of Prides greatest heros, and then that stuff happened. Damn it

January 31, 2012  02:17 PM ET
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I hate that dam fight. I just hate that Frank won that fight so much. All he does is talk **** all day long about how Pride sucked (JV MMA, as Loki would say.) Then he is finally getting his mouth shut, by one of Prides greatest heros, and then that stuff happened. Damn it

Sorry big C, im a huge Frank Mur fan. I was very elated!

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January 31, 2012  05:28 PM ET

Here are my favorites that I can remember from the top of my head.

Matt Hudges vs Ricardo Almeida crazy head lock

Jon Jones choking Machida and dropping him like its hot.

Frank Mir snapping Sylvia and Big Nog arm in half.

Frank Mir putting Kongo to sleep

Bj Penn working the ground game to sub Kenny Florian was one of my favorites how he worked the ground. Perfect display of bjj

Matt Hughes rear naked choking Frank Trigg

Anderson Silva sub Travis Lutter dropping elbows to the head

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January 31, 2012  06:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

First one was a bulldog choke.

Oh okay, I was always wondering the name of that choke. It looked real simple

January 31, 2012  08:08 PM ET

The Yarborough smother job...

January 31, 2012  08:13 PM ET

Aoki's Aokiplata on Nagata.

January 31, 2012  08:17 PM ET

Sato...

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February 1, 2012  12:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

First one was a bulldog choke.

Hughes/Almeida wasn't a bulldog choke, it was actually a Dave Schultz Headlock.

Dave Schultz got really good at doing that in wrestling, putting guys out and pinning them while they were out. That is where the name came from. It is just a headlock with one arm in, gable grip your hands and then bury your head in the arm pit and turn to that side.

A bulldog choke is what Carlos Newton did to Pat Miletich. It is like a reverse guillotine, with you and your opponent facing the same direction. Speaking of which, that was a phenomenal submission, when Newton pulled that one off.

February 1, 2012  12:55 AM ET

How about that crazy hammerlock Aoki used to break Mizuto Hirota's arm? What a wild submission, and he got the dislocation at the end, what a finish.

Oh, and I nearly forgot, one of my favorite fights of all time:

Sakuraba over Zelg Galesic. He gets the takedown, dives on a leg immediately, and you think ,"oh, this **** over, he'll finish Zelg the same way he did Shannon Ritch." Then Zelg shows off his crazy TKD flexibility, and just starts pounding the shit out of Saku. Saku adjusts to a toe hold, and he is still getting punishment just rained on his skull. He is getting smashed, and by now your thinking ,"well, he is going to get stopped. Sad to see him get crushed, he is such a legend." Then, he switches to the kneebar and gets the tap!! What an awesome fight that was.

Someone find the youtube video of that **** and post it here, so anyone who hasn't seen it can.

February 1, 2012  12:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Sato...

I have no video access...safe to assume this is the flying armbar?

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