Top 20 submissions in UFC history


To promote the UFC 167: "St-Pierre vs. Hendricks" 20th anniversary show on Nov. 16, 2013 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, FoxSports compiled a list of the 20 greatest submissions in the league's history. A properly applied submission will famously lead to a tap, snap, or nap, and this list has all three of them.

#20: Jason Von Flue's Von Flue choke to finish Alex Karalexis
#19: CB Dollaway with the rare Peruvian necktie submission to finish Jesse Taylor
#18: Jeremy Horn submits Chuck Liddell with head and arm choke from the bottom
#17: Mark Coleman uses a neck crank to finish Dan Severn
#16: Pablo Garza hits a flying triangle to finish Yves Jabouin
#15: Matt Hughes employs a 'Dave Schultz choke' to finish Ricardo Almeida
#14: Carlos Newton uses a bulldog choke to finish Pat Miletich
#13: Nate Diaz gives Kurt Pellegrino the two finger salute before submitting him
#12: Frank Shamrock catches Jeremy Horn in a kneebar to win in overtime
#11: Dustin Hazelett slips from wizzer to armbar to finish Josh Burkman
#10: BJ Penn chokes out Matt Hughes to win the welterweight title
#9: Murilo Bustamante submits Matt Lindland twice in one fight
#8: Frank Mir snaps Tim Sylvia's arm at UFC 48
#7: Korean Zombie hits a Twister on Leonard Garcia at Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis
#6: Brock Lesnar defeats Shane Carwin by head and arm choke at UFC 116
#5: Royce Gracie finishes Gerard Gordeau to win UFC 1
#4: Matt Hughes defeats Frank Trigg by rear naked choke at UFC 52
#3: Jon Jones finishes Lyoto Machida by standing guillotine choke at UFC 140
#2: Frank Mir submits Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by kimura at UFC 140
#1: Anderson Silva submits Chael Sonnen via triangle choke at UFC 117

What would you add to the list, what would you remove, and what would you reorder?


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Doctor NPD site profile image  

11/13/13 4:46 PM by Doctor NPD

TTT since they changed the list

PhillyFights site profile image  

11/5/13 4:29 AM by PhillyFights

Not on the list and didn't see mentioned in the thread. The most brutal armbar Ive ever seen. So cringeworthy, they edited it on the Spike replay....Steve Cantwell vs Razak Al HassanDislocated the guys elbow, then in post fight interview said "Ive always wanted to do that"

Roy Batty site profile image  

11/5/13 4:04 AM by Roy Batty

A guillotine with your back to the guy is the best way I can describe it. Hopefully, somebody has a .gif.

PermitMeFisticuffsBrother site profile image  

11/5/13 3:34 AM by PermitMeFisticuffsBrother

no Lytle subs on this list i'm not impressed by your performance

goeb site profile image  

11/5/13 2:47 AM by goeb

Any list without Severn-Royce is appalling. Took him 16 minutes until he finally sunk that choke in. Besides that omission, the list is good.

shin2chin site profile image  

11/4/13 11:31 PM by shin2chin

I haven't seen that one.Chris Lytle got Tiki with it I think.

dermotfix site profile image  

11/4/13 8:46 PM by dermotfix

Duane Ludwig did vs Fancy Pants

Wasa-B site profile image  

11/4/13 8:35 PM by Wasa-B

Karo's rolling kimura on Strasser. Lik Hazelett's, how many subs have we seen from standing to straight transiion on the ground? Maia did on Chael sorta.

dynamitekid89 site profile image  

11/4/13 8:09 PM by dynamitekid89

I was lucky enough to be at UFC 140 live. After Mir broke Nogs arm they showed the replay of the finish a bunch of times on the big screen. Every angle the groans from the crowd grew louder, It was really a crazy moment to be apart of that I will never forget. There was a couple sitting next to me across the aisle & the women very nearly got sick into her purse. She started shouting & cursing at her partner & was saying Im fucking leaving right now I cant believe that just happened, why did you bring me to this. With every replay she got more & more agitated until she left. Her partner went after her & missed the Jones Machida main event. Poor guy. But I suppose these things happen in MMA.

shin2chin site profile image  

11/4/13 6:52 PM by shin2chin

No gi clock choke.Didn't Tiki get caught in one as well?