MMA Submissions


Skip the pain and humiliation of starting from scratch at the local Jiu-Jitsu school – master the ten MMA Submissions detailed below and you’ll be one dangerous dude! We mined our massive database of MMA Results and found that these submissions (listed in order of use) are the ones used most frequently to win with MMA, so, learn these and you’ll be the man in no time. Need a closer look? Click each thumbnail or submission name for a larger, high-resolution image.
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Submission Name: Rear Naked Choke Submission Category: Choke Notable Uses Within MMA: Kenny Florian def. Takanori Gomi (UFC Fight Night 21), Forrest Griffin def. Mauricio Rua (UFC 76) Description: The rear naked choke is a choke hold in martial arts applied from an opponent’s back. Although variations exist, the most common application is where he attacker’s arm encircles the opponent’s neck and then grabs his own biceps on the other arm.
Submission Name: Arm Bar Submission Category: Joint Manipulation Notable Uses Within MMA: Fedor Emelianenko def. Mark Coleman (Pride 32), Matt Hughes def. Georges St-Pierre (UFC 50) Description: An armbar is a joint lock in martial arts that hyperextends the elbow joint. It is typically applied by placing the opponent’s extended arm at the elbow over a fulcrum such as an arm, leg, or hip, while controlling their movement.
Submission Name: Guillotine Choke Submission Category: Choke Notable Uses Within MMA: Ben Henderson def. Jamie Varner (WEC 46) Description: The guillotine choke is a choke hold in martial arts applied from the front of an opponent that involves using the arms to encircle the opponent’s neck. The technique is either a type of tracheal compression restraint (wind choke) that prevents air flow to the lungs, or a blood choke, depending on how it is applied.
Submission Name: Triangle Choke Submission Category: Choke Notable Uses Within MMA: Kendall Grove def. Jake Rosholt (UFC 106) Description: A triangle choke is a type of figure-four choke hold in martial arts which strangles the opponent by encircling the opponent’s neck and one arm with the legs in a configuration similar to the shape of a triangle. The technique is a type of lateral vascular restraint that constricts the blood flow from the carotid arteries to the brain.
Submission Name: Kimura Submission Category: Joint Manipulation Notable Uses Within MMA: Nick Diaz def. Joe Hurley (WEC 6) Description: The kimura is a joint lock in martial arts where the opponent’s wrist is grabbed with the hand on the same side, and the opposite arm is put behind the opponent’s arm, again grabbing the attacker’s wrist and forming a figure-four. By cranking the arm away from the attacker, pressure is put on the shoulder joint.
Submission Name: Heel Hook Submission Category: Joint Manipulation Notable Uses Within MMA: Ken Shamrock def. Patrick Smith (UFC 1) Description: A heel hook is a leg lock in martial arts affecting multiple joints, and is applied by transversely twisting the foot either medially or laterally. The torsional force puts severe torque on the ankle, which in turn transfers torque to the knee. The heel hook is an extremely dangerous leg lock and has been banned in many combat sports.
Submission Name: Key Lock Submission Category: Joint Manipulation Notable Uses Within MMA: Josh Barnett def. Aleksander Emelianenko (Pride: Total Elimination Absolute 2006) Description: A keylock is a joint lock in martial arts that involves holding an oppnent’s forearm and using it to twist the upper arm laterally or medially. Primarily a shoulder lock, variations can result in significant pressure also being applied to the elbow.
Submission Name: Knee Bar Submission Category: Joint Manipulation Notable Uses Within MMA: Frank Mir def. Brock Lesnar (UFC 81) Description: A kneebar is a joint lock in martial arts which hyperextends the knee. Similar to an armbar, a knee bar entails entangling the opponent’s legs while manipulating their kneecap towards the body. By pushing the hips forward, the opponent’s leg is straightened, resulting in knee hyperextension.
Submission Name: Achilles Lock Submission Category: Joint Manipulation Notable Uses Within MMA: Andrei Arlovski def. Tim Sylvia (UFC 51) Description: An achilles lock is a joint lock in martial arts that involves pressing the achilles tendon into the back of the ankle or lower leg. It is typically performed by wedging a forearm, especially a bony part of it, into the achilles tendon, while leveraging the foot and the leg over the forearm serving as a fulcrum.
Submission Name: Anaconda Choke Submission Category: Choke Notable Uses Within MMA: Description: An anaconda choke is a choke hold in martial arts that entails threading an arm under an opponent’s neck, through the armpit, and grasping the biceps, while attempting to pin the opponent onto the trapped shoulder so as to better interrupt the flow of blood while applying pressure with the grasped biceps. Note: All photos used on this page were located via Google Images. If you are the rightful owner of any and do not want them to appear on this page, let us know via our About Us page.