MMA's history of submissions is enormous. There are all kinds of submissions, from the armbar to triangle choke.
Pulling off a submission is a tricky piece of art, especially when you're getting destroyed by a strong fighter and the referee is about to stop the fight.
Most people would just give up, maybe tap, or wait for the referee while the other guy pounds your brains out. Not these fighters.
Let's look at the toughest fighters to complete submissions under the most difficult circumstances. These are the top five submissions done on top players.
These are the top five submissions done on top players.
Fujita was the only fighter to ever come even close to knocking out Emelianenko.
Before the fight, some people thought touching gloves at the beginning of the fight was the only punch Fujita was going to get. Instead, Fujita punched Fedor so hard that he actually swayed from the punch. If Fujita sprang upon the opportunity, he might have won.
Of course, the Last Emperor wasn't going to give up that easily. He took Fujita down and recovered as much as he could. Then Fujita picked him up and almost slammed him to the canvas before Fedor decided that wasn't going to happen.
He soon took Fujita down and finished him off with a rear naked choke. Now that is a sign of a good fighter.
Here is a link to the fight.
Some people may consider this the greatest submission ever. Within the first 10 seconds, Lesnar had taken down Mir. He then pounded Mir like there was no tomorrow. That was when he started to lose his sense of caution.
Mir grabbed his leg, and at that point Lesnar needed to start backing up. He hesitated, and it was too late. Mir completed his submission for a kneebar. Wow.
Of course, Lesnar had the last laugh by beating Mir in the rematch.
This fight may not seem as good as others for you, because after all, GSP later beat him twice. However, what happened in this fight was unique, as to my knowledge what happened in this fight only happened once in MMA history.
Matt Hughes actually beat St-Pierre at 4:59 of the first round. That's right—if GSP had only waited one more second, he would have gone on to the next round.
This happened between the two top fighters in their weight division at that time. Amazing.
This picture pretty much sums it up. At that time, Mirko was undefeated and Nogueira's record was 20-2-1. It was supposed to be an epic fight. The fighters did not disappoint.
Mirko was dominating the fight, and many times Nogueira just barely escaped being finished off. However, Nogueira is not one to give up and caught Cro Cop in an armbar.
This is something you wil have to see to believe. Silva was KILLING Chonan the whole fight, Ryo makes a desperate move...and it works.
He pulled off a flying scissor heel hook (what the hell is that?) against Anderson Silva.
This video says it all.