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Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal (Bellator 5—2009)
The heavily-favored Masvidal was in complete control of this fight going into the final round. He battered Imada with punches and avoided his takedowns. Somehow, Imada found himself on Masvidal's back in north-south position. He then put him out with the unicorn of submissions: the inverted triangle choke.
Watch the inverted triangle choke here.
Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi (Pride 33—2007)
The fight started with an explosive exchange of punches. Diaz won the first round peppering "The Fireball Kid" with his patented jab. In the second, an exhausted Gomi shot for a takedown, but Diaz was able to lock in a Gogoplata at the 1:46 mark of the round. The victory was later ruled a no-contest after Diaz's post-fight drug test came back positive for marijuana metabolites.
Watch the Gogoplata here.
Charles Oliveria vs. Eric Wisely (UFC on Fox 2—2012)
Oliveria tripped Wisely down to the canvas. He then tried to lock up a heel hook. Wisely defended against the submission, so Oliveria transitioned to a calf slicer. A pained Wisely quickly tapped. The finish was named Submission of the Night.
Watch the calf slicer here.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Kevin Randleman (Pride Critical Countdown—2004)
Randleman, an NCAA All-American wrestler, suplexed Fedor on his head, but the slam failed to knock "The Last Emperor" out. Fedor was unfazed. He was able to reverse the position and sink in a kimura, forcing Randleman to tap.
Watch the kimura here.
Ryo Chonan vs. Anderson Silva (Pride Shockwave—2004)
This is one of the greatest submission victories in MMA history. Silva was working toward a decision victory when out of nowhere Chonan threw up a Hail Mary in the form of a flying scissor heel hook. He caught "The Spider," who tapped out almost immediately. Silva has not been finished in a fight since.
Watch the flying scissor heel hook here.