Knockouts happen. Anyone can be clipped. Decisions are up to the interpretation of the judges. A submission win comes about by literally forcing your opponent to quit.
2015 featured an assortment of submission endings. Some were quick, others were meticulously set up and executed. The year saw arm bars, guillotine chokes, rear-naked chokes, and fighters verbally tapping out, while others were forced to tap out using their feet.
Two submission endings stood above the rest according to the MMAWeekly.com reader’s voting, garnering 81-percent of the votes cast.
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Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey‘s 14-second arm bar of Cat Zingano at UFC 184 in February brought in 36-percent of the votes, earning the submission a runner-up spot. The win followed Rousey’s 16-second knockout of Alexis Davis at UFC 175.
Bringing in 45-percent of the reader’s votes, heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum‘s guillotine choke win over former titleholder Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 in June was the 2015 Submission of the Year. It was the first time the two-time heavyweight champion had been submitted in his nine-year fighting career.
Velasquez pressured Werdum in the early going, but as the opening round played out, Werdum started winning the striking exchanges. At the end of the frame, Velasquez was bleeding from a cut above his left eye and visibly fatigued.
Midway through the second round, Werdum began to completely take over the fight. He landed combinations and power shots. He manhandled the then-champion in the clinch. He deliver uppercuts and knees. By the end of the second frame, Velasquez was just trying to survive. A doctor was called in to determine if Velasquez ….View full article