The arm bar has become a staple submission ever since the introduction of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has been introduced into the world of martial arts. The move is a where an opponent’s elbow joint is hyperextended. It is usually performed from positions such as the guard, side control or mount. We’ve seen Ronda Rousey perform the submission numerous times in her career. But over time the submissions have become even more exciting and flashy when it is performed in a “flying” manner. The submission usually occurs when competitors are engaged in a clinch.
Here are some of the best flying arm bars have occurred in competition:
5) Chris Weidman vs. Vinny Magalhães
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is a sick submission artist in addition to his wrestling credentials. But unfortunately as a prospect, Weidman had lost to one of the best grapplers in the world Vinny Magalhães via flying armbar at ADCC in 2005. Magalhães had gone on to win bronze twice in 2005.
4) Georges St-Pierre vs. Leo Santos
It was 2005 and Georges St. Pierre had lost his first title shot versus Matt Hughes via arm bar. Knowing GSP, you know he was bent on getting that title shot again (and you know that he did and went on to be the greatest MMA welterweight of all-time). At the time, GSP was 24-years-old. He defeated his first opponent but against his second, Leo Santos, GSP would be halted. The match quickly ended when Santos was able to get a flying arm bar on GSP quite early into the match.
3) Olivier Fontaine vs. Sofiane Benchohra
It’s a little more obscure, but during Lyon Fighting Championship 1 in 2013 another rare flying armbar was spotted. When Olivier Fontaine threw a right roundhouse kick against his opponent Sofiane Benchohra, it was caught. You would think that he’d be in a precarious position, but Fontaine quickly pulled in for a clinch and applied an incredibly slick flying armbar.
2) Rumina Sato vs. Charles Diaz
Possibly one of the most popular flying armbars to occur in MMA, Japanese grappler Rumina Sato was one of the first to pull it out of his trick hat. The submission specialist had performed one in his fourth fight against Isamu Osugi. But it was his second against Charles Diaz at Shooto: Devilock Fighters in 1999 that had gone viral many times over for many years. It only took him 5 seconds.
1) Rose Namajunas vs. Kathina Catron
Prior to making a splash in the UFC’s strawweight division, “Thug” Rose Namajunas was making fireworks happen in InvictaFC. In her only second pro fight, the exciting Wisconsin was able to land a flying armbar on her opponent Kathina Catron is a matter of seconds. It took Namajunas a total of 12 seconds to end her fight which led her to wildly celebrate her victory.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.