From the chic to the spectacular, the primary half of 2017 had greater than its share of memorable submission finishes. Listed here are this scribe’s picks for the 5 better of the yr to date.
1 – Aleksei Oleinik-Viktor Pesta (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
How can the primary and solely Ezekiel choke submission in UFC historical past not get the highest spot right here? So there’s that, however even when it wasn’t the primary, Aleksei Oleinik’s end of Viktor Pesta in January was so chic and so shocking. Mounted by Pesta, it appeared like Oleinik was about to be in for a world of ache, however the submission grasp dubbed “The Boa Constrictor” calmly discovered his option to sink within the choke, and it was recreation over as Pesta tapped out at 2:fifty seven of the primary spherical.
2 – Valentina Shevchenko-Julianna Pena (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Main into January’s bantamweight title elimination bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena, there was no scarcity of followers and pundits who believed that “Bullet” would outlast “The Venezuelan Vixen,” however I don’t recall anybody predicting that she would win by submission. So when she pressured Pena to faucet out to an armbar within the second spherical, it earned Shevchenko a shot at Amanda Nunes’ world title and in addition made it very clear that she is as harmful on the mat as she is on the ft.
three – Iuri Alcantara-Luke Sanders (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Luke Sanders was placing it on Iuri Alcantara at UFC 209 in March, and getting into the second spherical, it wasn’t a query of if Sanders would win, however when. But as he took punch after punch and fell additional behind on the scorecards, Alcantara discovered daylight for a quick second, and that’s all it took for him to lock in a painful kneebar and finish Sanders’ night time. That’s the great thing about MMA proper there, because it’s by no means over till it’s over.
four – Demetrious Johnson-Wilson Reis (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
Demetrious Johnson’s April victory over Wilson Reis earns a spot right here not simply due to its historic nature (he tied Anderson Silva’s document for many profitable UFC title defenses), however as a result of he continued to point out why he’s top-of-the-line ever. Sure, Johnson has a properly-rounded talent set that has him capable of deal with himself wherever a struggle goes, however whenever you sink in an armbar on a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt like Reis and end him, that’s simply one other feather within the cap of the person often known as “Mighty Mouse.” Mighty certainly.
5- Ben Nguyen-Tim Elliott (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)
The chances weren’t in favor of a Ben Nguyen victory when the Australia-based mostly South Dakotan took on Tim Elliott in June. Initially anticipated to face Joseph Benavidez, Nguyen as an alternative obtained Elliott on brief discover when Benavidez received injured, and now he needed to face a dervish who was coming off 5 rounds with Demetrious Johnson and a win over Louis Smolka. However Nguyen fought livid hearth with livid hearth, and in considered one of Elliott’s trademark scrambles, Nguyen caught him and completed him with a rear bare choke. And it solely took forty nine seconds.