In the world of UFC, most fights will end up on the ground. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a technique to nullify the height and reach advantages of an opponent with a big and heavy structure. And it is also used to neutralize the power of an opponent. Once the fighters are on the ground, there is no height or reach advantage, it’s only about the “Ground and Pound”. Fights can be finished by the referee, KO, or in most cases, it is by a choke or submission. So, below we are highlighting our top 5 BBJ Submissions in UFC.
5. KHABIB NURMOGEMDOV VS. KAMAL SHALORUS REAR NAKED CHOKE IN ROUND 1
On his UFC debut, Khabib met Kamal at the “UFC on Fox” event on the undercard of Guillard vs. Miller. As Khabib was pounding Shalorus on the ground, he was momentarily trapped in an unsuccessful by Kamal. Once he got his head out, Khabib passed Kamal’s legs and mounted him within seconds. As Nurmagomedov kept throwing punches, Shalorus went to his right side, a mistake made as it gave Khabib the opportunity to go for a rear naked choke. Rear naked chokes are performed by taking the opponent’s back, that is why many people call this particular one a “Side Rear Naked Choke”.
4 FRANK MIR VS. PETE WILLIAMS INSIDE SHOULDER LOCK IN ROUND 1
Frank Mir, who was unbeaten at that time, met Pete Williams at UFC 36. In the opening round, as the fighters engaged, Williams put Frank on the ground and started his submission attempts. In the meantime, Mir got a chance while lying on his back. He locked Williams’ left leg inside his own, took his arm under the armpit, and started pushing Williams’s arm up from the elbow. This is the rarest and one of the most artistic BJJ submissions ever seen (there is a great YouTube video by Stuart Tomlinson if you want to learn this lock). After a little struggle, Williams tapped to the lock. This Inside Shoulder Lock ended the bout along with the career of Williams.https://www.youtube.com/embed/9VQR1SnBwv4?feature=oembed
3 JESSE TAYLOR VS. C.B. DOLLAWAY, PERUVIAN NECKTIE IN ROUND 1
This fight happened at the undercard of Anderson Silva vs. Irvin at the event of UFC Fight Night 2008. While grappling in the octagon, Dollaway wrapped his right leg around Taylor’s head and pulled his neck back, squeezed it with both hands. At firts the commentators thought Dollaway is heading for a Darce choke submission, but he ended up submitting his opponent with a Peruvian Necktie.https://www.youtube.com/embed/FacL7mTGSvs?feature=oembed
2 CHARLES OLIVEIRA VS. ERIC WISELY CALF SLICER
At the UFC on Fox event in Illinois, Charles Oliveira and Eric Wisely faced each other at the featherweight non-title fight. While pounding each other, both the fighters were trying for a Calf Slicer. Eric Wisely got a chance and attempted the Calf Slicer but, Oliveira turned it into a Reverse Calf Slicer before Eric could lock it properly.https://player.vimeo.com/video/283159373?dnt=1&app_id=122963
1 NICK PACE VS. WILL CAMPUZANO, PACE CHOKE ROUND 3
The pair met on The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale in 2010. During round three Campuzano was in good control and was looking for a submission lock while staying on top of Nick Pace. With about 1 minute and 13 seconds left in the round, Pace applied half guard, then wrapped his right leg around Campuzano’s neck. He shifted his body to the side and with his right hand under Campuzano’s neck, Pace grabbed his own right foot to pulled it down and make space to gable grip. With only 30 seconds left, Campuzano tapped. Soon after the fight, he named the choke “the Pace Choke” when Dana White asked about its name.
Nick Pace published a tutorial on how to perform this choke here.