MMA got off to a slow start in 2014. It has been the year of decisions. However, a handful of submissions have allowed MMA fans to whet their appetite for what remains in the final eight months of the year.
What makes a submission great? It is hard to pin down precisely. It can be the rarity of a particular hold, or it can be the importance of the bout that the submission is applied in—the impact of the finish. 2014 has seen a bit of both.
It makes ranking the finishes difficult, but more weight is given to those that happened in significant bouts.
As 2014 heats up, more submission finishes will come, but for now, this is the hand we have been dealt.
Here are the 10 best submissions thus far in 2014.