UFC 154 Results: Azamat Gashimov and 7 Other Damaging Submission Losses
Arm locks and leg locks are the most dangerous submissions in MMA. If one taps too late or refuses to at all, they may face a broken bone, a dislocation or some other bad injury.
Throughout MMA, we have seen numerous examples of fighters getting injured from these painful submissions. Even this past weekend, we saw a man seemingly tap too late while locked in an armbar.
Here are nine submissions that caused serious damage due to the victim tapping too late or refusing to tap at all.
Azamat Gashimov at UFC 154
Although it has not yet been confirmed, it appears as if Azamat Gashimov suffered some sort of arm injury this past weekend at UFC 154.
Finding himself in an armbar, the debuting Russian tried everything he could to escape veteran Ivan Menjivar's submission.
Then, the UFC veteran locked it in even tighter.
You could just see the torque taking its toll, eventually earning the tap from Gashimov. However, it appeared to be too late as he lay in extreme pain from the hold.
Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 20
As an unknown, Ronda Rousey was taking her second fight with Strikeforce against a snazzy Julia Budd. People did not know what to expect.
As with all of Rousey's fights, she would lock in her patented armbar and torque it. Budd showed some great heart, but it was all in vain.
Budd would have her elbow dislocated and she would end up losing. That's the unfortunate case of adding insult to injury.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140
UFC 140 saw a rematch between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The first fight was at UFC 92, where Mir dominated Nogueira in the standup department.
This match would go much different.
Nogueira rocked Mir several times before looking to finish the American on the ground. Out of pure instinct and survival mode, Mir locked a kimura on Nogueira and looked to have it in tight.
Whether it was pure pride or stupidity, Nogueira let Mir snap his arm in a grotesque way. It was his first submission loss and a ticket to go to a surgeon for a repair.
Razak Al-Hassan at UFC Fight for the Troops
UFC Fight for the Troops was the UFC's way of giving back to the servicemen and women of the United States. Steve Cantwell gave them something of both beauty and pain.
Cantwell locked Razak Al-Hassan in an armbar in their fight, cranking on his arm with tremendous force. Even with the painful submission locked in, Al-Hassan would not tap.
The only reason the fight was stopped is because the referee saw his elbow dislocate. Props to Mario Yamasaki for putting a halt to that fight.
Mizuto Hirota at Dynamite 2009
A hammerlock is something rarely used to win a fight in MMA, but Shinya Aoki's submission game is diverse and flashy. Therefore, we should not be surprised he won a fight with one at some point in his career.
Mizuto Hirota was the unfortunate victim in this instance. Hirota was coming off a submission of Aoki's friend and training partner, Satoru Kitaoka, so there was some incentive here for Aoki to win in devastating fashion.
Once Aoki slapped on the hammerlock, it appeared he had to break Hirota's arm or he would not tap. He obliged, snapping his arm in devastating fashion.
He then stood over the injured Hirota and threw him a middle finger for his efforts.
Tim Sylvia at UFC 48
In one of the most famous cases of a fighter not tapping out, Tim Sylvia took a big risk by allowing Frank Mir to break his arm in an effort to hold the UFC heavyweight championship.
Caught in a deep armbar, Sylvia tried to wiggle himself free from a determined Mir. His arm was then snapped in three different places.
Had it not been for the quick reaction of referee Herb Dean, Sylvia may have suffered even more damage and his career may have been over.
Miesha Tate at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
In another patented armbar victory, Ronda Rousey punished another fighter in Miesha Tate for not tapping in due time.
Their fight was an entertaining one, but it would end in typical Rousey fashion. She caught Tate in an armbar, dislocating the former champ's elbow in the process.
Rousey may be the female version Frank Mir in terms of her armlocks.
Renzo Gracie at Pride 10
Kazushi Sakuraba earned his "Gracie Hunter" nickname because, well, he beat some of the Gracies in his decorated career.
At Pride 10, Sakuraba faced off with Renzo Gracie, looking to continue his winning ways against the legendary Brazilian clan. He would eventually find that win via kimura.
In true Gracie fashion, Renzo refused to tap from the kimura and would have his arm broken.
Again, is that pride or stupidity?