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- Frank Mir
- Fabricio Werdum
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Josh Barnett
- Gabriel Gonzaga
The heavyweight division has some great submission fighters. Case and point, Frank Mir.
Look at his accomplishments: He snapped Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's arm with a kimura, kneebarred Brock Lesnar, broke Tim Sylvia's arm with an armbar and a creative shoulder lock of Pete Williams.
A decorated jiu-jitsu player, Fabricio Werdum is probably the most feared man on the ground. Most of his wins are taps, including an armbar of Nogueira, a triangle-armbar of Fedor Emelianenko, a kimura of Alistair Overeem and an arm-triangle choke of Aleksander Emelianenko.
Nogueira, though he has been tapped by the top two sub guys, is a legend.
He owns 21 submission wins over a who's-who, including Sylvia, Mirko "Cro Cop" and Mark Coleman. He takes scores of punishment, but still manages to keep his head clear to outmatch men on the ground.
A catch wrestler, Barnett has been terrorizing opponents on the ground for over 15 years. His takedowns are great, as are his ability to overwhelm opponents. Sergei Kharitonov, Brett Rogers, Hunt and Aleks Emelianenko can all attest to the skills of Barnett on the ground.
Lastly, jiu-jitsu player Gabriel Gonzaga often gets forgotten about in these discussions.
The nine-time winner by submission and fourth-degree black belt in BJJ is best known for his head kick of Cro Cop, but has tapped Ben Rothwell, Carmelo Marrero and Justin McCully, among others.