When Jon Jones faced Lyoto Machida at UFC 140, he found himself in a fight more difficult than most anticipated.
He adapted to the situation and managed to secure a fight-ending submission via a standing guillotine choke. It wasn’t the first time this submission has been used, but it was impressive nonetheless.
Jones proved that he could win by employing the conventional at unconventional times; something many take for granted as normal procedure in an MMA bout.
Granted, it wasn’t a “cool” submission because of the fact that Machida fell face-first to the floor, unconscious. It was “cool” because no one really expected a fighter as skilled as Machida to get caught with it.
Upon reflection, there have been other submissions that stack up just as well, if not better.
So just how high does that standing guillotine rank compared to other submissions that were both shocking and sublime?
Here are the top 10 submissions that define that rare species of “cool.”