When watching a fight, everyone likes a finish. While some prefer the pure brute force and violence of a knockout, others prefer the skillful and masterful sequence that leads to a submission win. While there are a huge number of submissions that fighters could pull off, there are only a few that happen often and have shown themselves to be the most popular in the UFC according to these stats. Here are three of those submission moves.
1. Rear Naked Choke
This is a martial arts choke hold that has been among the most used and most popular in UFC history. The choke essentially requires the attacker to be behind the defender and uses his arms to complete the choke. There are two variations to this submission move. The first version has the attacker’s arm encircles the defenders neck and then grabs his bicep on the other arm. And for the second version, the attacker will just clasp his hands, as opposed to grabbing on the bicep. According to stats, it is the most common submission in the UFC and happens quite frequently on fight cards
Like the RNC, this is also a choke that is used to prevent an opponent from breathing. But unlike the RNC, it is completed when an attacker is facing the defender. In this choke, you will encircle the opponent’s neck with your arms and have their head under your armpit. This choke can be done either standing, on the ground and really in any positon, but is actually most popularly done with the attacker on his back. This, like most chokes applied correctly, can put somebody unconscious very quickly, which is why it is a favorite among UFC fighters to win their fights. In fact, it is the second most common submission in the history of the UFC
3. Arm Bar
Unlike the first two submissions I have covered, this one isn’t a choke at all. This is a modified armlock that is used to hyperextends the elbow joint or shoulder joint. The pain you feel when you are stuck in this choke is unbelievable and (if applied correctly) can break you arm within seconds. This move is extremely hard to pull off on a standing opponent and is normally reserved for an opponent that is on the ground. This is the third most popular submission in the UFC, which is a testament to the talent in the UFC in that so many can pull this difficult move off.