Check out Dale Jordan and Nick Rizner’s picks for 2017, MMA Submission of the Year below. Do you agree? Comment on who you think should have won below.
Nick Rizer’s Submission of the Year
DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON vs. Ray Borg (UFC 216)
What makes a great submission? Rarely-seen subs always stand out in the ‘of the year’ category. Consider Korean Zombie’s twister or Ben Saunders’ omoplata. Timely or impactful submissions are often shoe-ins as well. Anderson Silva’s last-minute triangle against Chael Sonnen or Nate Diaz derailing the Conor McGregor train at UFC 196, for example. But when you get that rare finish that has equal parts flash and significance, you’re looking at a truly legendary moment in MMA history. And we got a big one in 2017.
On October 7th, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson attempted to set one of the most prestigious records in our sport. With a win over Ray Borg, he would become the only man in UFC history to record 11 consecutive title defenses. Capping off the best run in UFC history, Mighty Mouse wasn’t going to settle for just any old method. He was going to make it special. So in the fifth and final round of the fight, he picked Borg up in what looked like an ordinary (albeit impressive) suplex attempt. Then – with Borg in mid-air, mind you – he switched his grip, threw his legs over the front of Borg and locked in the fight-ending armbar. It’s very difficult to explain in text. Please go watch that highlight. Demetrious Johnson is the G.O.A.T.
Dale Jordan’s Submission of the Year
BRETT JOHNS vs. Joe Soto (The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale)
I like seeing rare submissions pulled off inside the octagon. As Nick mentioned above, Korean Zombie’s twister and Ben Saunders’ omoplata. We got another one of those submissions this year and that was Brett John’s finishing Joe Soto with a calf slicer.
Another reason why I picked this submission was that of the speed of it. It took Johns 30-seconds from the start of the fight to finish the bout with his opponent wincing in pain.
The submission, a calf slicer has only been achieved once before in the UFC (Charles Oliveira over Eric Wisely back in January 2012).