Chokes were the technique of the night on Thursday with 6 of the 12 fights ending by way of strangulation. Here is an in-depth look at some of the best choke finishes of UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant.
Rose Namajunas def. Paige Vanzant via submission (rear-naked choke) round 5
This fight can be summed up in a single sentence: Rose is the better fighter. Namajunas came in with a seemingly perfect gameplan against VanZant and implemented it to the letter.
Rose had the demeanour of a veteran throughout the contest, staying cool and collected as she dismantled VanZant in every aspect of the game. The finish came in the final round with Rose taking the fight to the ground with a gorgeous body lock drop takedown moving right into half guard. From here, Rose continued with what she had done throughout the fight and kept her head close to Vanzant’s body controlling Paige and working her way to better positions, rather than rushing for a finish.
During a scramble to escape from the bottom, VanZant gave up her back to the submission-savvy Namajunas. Rose, showing her experience in this position, worked her arm underneath Paige’s chin and the moment it was in position for the choke, Namajunas pulled herself onto her back and into the RNC position with a gable hand grip. To her credit, Paige spiritedly tried to turn into the choke, but the submission was too tight and VanZant was too tired and faded quickly, tapping out.
Rose showed in the fight finish the same skill she showed throughout the fight and that was calmness. despite many failed submission attempts earlier in the contest, Rose never lost her cool and took the fight ending choke when it clearly presented itself. being calm when in a fist fight is an incredible advantage in the cage and the mark of a true champion.
Michael Chiesa def. Jim Miller via submission (rear naked choke) round 2
This loss must have been a tough one for Miller to swallow with the finish coming off a very well-timed and executed kneebar attempt causing him to lose top position and give up his back for Chiesa to land some clean punches to the head, leading to sinking in the 7th rear naked choke victory of his career.
Chiesa was able to avoid the kneebar by freeing his knee and bending his leg, negating the submission, from her he used strikes to keep Miller busy while he made his way to top control and eventually to a full mount. From here, Chiesa visibly hurt Miller with ground and pound, causing miller to roll, giving up his back and attempt to stand up by posting with both hands on the floor. This is a cardinal sin for many jiu-jitsu practitioners and you saw exactly why here. By posting with both hands on the mat, it takes away your two best tools at escaping and defending the position.
Chiesa took full advantage of the situation locking in the rear naked choke forcing Miller to quickly submit.
This fight showed just how effective strikes can be in setting up your submissions. Jim Miller is no slouch on the mat, but when you are hurt and continuously beaten on, it is very easy for all your training to go out the window and for you to make a simple, but yet devastating mistake costing you the contest.
Sage Northcutt def. Cody Pfister via submission (guillotine choke) round 2
This fight finish, like the Jim Miller situation, was a simple mistake that cost Pfister the contest. After a takedown by Sage leading to a scramble for top position, the fighters ended up in the sprawl position with Northcutt on top. From here, the talented wrestler in Pfister got a hold of a single leg and used that to get to his feet and turn the position into a takedown of his own. While on his way to his feet, Pfister kept his head up high to force Northcutt upwards and out of the sprawl position, but fatally left his way too high, allowing Sage to lock his forearm on Pfister’s neck and fall straight into a guillotine choke.
Pfister attempted to fight off the choke, but as he let go of Northcutt’s leg, Sage gained a full guard and finished the fight with the choke. When it comes to the UFC, the smallest details can be the difference between a win and a loss. Cody showed great attacking wrestling in the first round of this fight, but his aggression led to his downfall, causing him to forget a day-1 jiu-jitsu lesson and letting the Sage Northcutt hype train continue.
Aljamain Sterling def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (guillotine choke) round 2
Another classic mistake in this fight caused another well-respected jiu-jitsu competitor to be submitted.
The ending of this fight came after a takedown from Sterling landing him in Eduardo’s full guard. From here, Aljamain was happy to land punches on Eduardo and wear down the clock, clearly winning the round. Eduardo made a smart decision here to try and escape the position that was causing him to lose the round, but the way he went about it was very poor.
Eduardo used his legs to kick Sterling off him to create some space for a stand-up escape, but the lazy kick attempt barely moved Aljamain, meaning he was still right there when Eduardo moved forward for his escape attempt. This allowed Sterling to take advantage of Eduardo being preoccupied with his escape plan and sink in the guillotine choke on his Brazilian foe. Eduardo, knowing he was in trouble, rolled to his back, allowing Sterling to effortlessly step over into mount for a virtually impossible to escape guillotine choke finish.
2017 IMMAF World Championships set to be streamed live on IOS and Android app
This years IMMAF World Championships in Bahrain is only 4 days away now and competitors from around the world are preparing themselves for what will be an extraordinary event and opportunity to make themselves known. The prestigious event is being hosted by the BMMAF under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
For fans around the world good news came today as they will be able to watch their favourite amateur athlete take to the cage in the Khalifa Sports City Arena via an app. The BahrainTV app will be streaming all of the fights live for fans to watch at home or even on the go on their phone. You can also keep up to date via MyNextMatch.com for all relevant info for the event.
The links for the BahrainTV app are as follows:
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.
Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.
Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.
MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST
- Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
- Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
- Opinion1 month ago
A list of fighters who fought Michael Bisping – while on steroids
- Interviews4 weeks ago
Sage Northcutt on Moving to Sacramento and Life at Team Alpha Male
- BAMMA1 week ago
BAMMA 32: Official Results and Live Stream
- Interviews3 weeks ago
Tim Means on Lawsuit Against Supplement Companies “I’m Going to Shut Them Down”
- Bellator1 month ago
Michael Page Not Focusing on Opponent Ahead of Boxing Debut
- Cage Warriors1 month ago
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Inman Talks Cage Warriors 87, His Love For Fighting And Craig White Possibly Tiring Himself Out.
- Bellator3 weeks ago
Exclusive: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane- from beating ‘Soccer Mom’ to potentially making history
- Interviews1 month ago
Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”