The Ultimate Fighter Finale: The Top 10 TUF Finale Submissions Ever
Today we get to see the 13th Ultimate Fighter Finale. The finales serve as a final showcase for the fighters competing in The Ultimate Fighter and are a tremendous series of free UFC events in general.
Not only do we get to see some of the top contestants from the reality show prove their mettle, the UFC also treats us to some high-profile matchups between some of their biggest stars.
Ever since the first season we have been treated to some awesome action and we expect to see some more tonight.
Nothing tops great action off quite like a brilliant finish.
For this article, we will be taking a look at the top 10 submission finishes in Ultimate Fighter Finale history.
Are there any of your favorites that you think should have made the cut? Let me know!;
10. Travis Lutter over Patrick Cote (TUF 4 Finale)
Travis Lutter won the The Ultimate Fighter season 4 middleweight crown with a first-round armbar over fellow future title challenger, Patrick Cote.
Lutter has some of the best Jiu-Jitsu in the middleweight division, and he proved it with this victory over Cote.
The win automatically granted the veteran a title shot against Anderson Silva, but unfortunately Lutter did not make weight for the bout, making their encounter a non-title affair.
9. Amir Sadollah over CB Dollaway (TUF 7 Finale)
Fan favorite Amir Sadollah won season 7 with a slick first round armbar off his back over wrestler CB Dollaway.
It was somewhat ironic as Sadollah and Dollaway had met earlier in the show's tournament with Sadollah winning in that bout by armbar as well.,
8. Kenny Florian over Kit Cope (TUF 2 Finale)
The very first submission in Ultimate Fighter Finale history and it came in season 2.
Season one runner-up Kenny Florian showed his ground superiority over kickboxer Kit Cope with a second-round rear-naked choke.
7. Cody McKenzie over Aaron Wilkinson (TUF 12 Finale)
Cody McKenzie was coming off of nine straight first round guillotine chokes in professional competition, and Aaron Wilkinson still could not prevent himself from succumbing to that same fate.
Wilkinson fought to avoid the choke, but McKenzie eventually latched on his patented "McKenzietine" and earned "submission of the night."
6. Thales Leites over Floyd Sword (TUF 5 Finale)
The arm-triangle choke is Jiu-Jitsu champion Thales Leites's best technique and he used it to earn an excellent first round submission over Floyd Sword at the season 5 finale.
Leites would maintain that momentum to win three more fights and then fight for the title.
5. Krzysztof Soszynski over Shane Primm (TUF 8 Finale)
Krzysztof Soszynski might have the most devastating kimura in all of MMA.
Shane Primm found out first hand at the end of season 8.
Soszynski torqued the kimura hold at a brutal angle, giving Primm no choice but submission.
4. Roger Huerta over Clay Guida (TUF 6 Finale)
After dropping the first two rounds on the score cards to the relentless Clay Guida, Roger Huerta was emotionally charged going into the third and determined to change his fortunes.
Change his fortunes indeed, Huerta rocked Guida badly and then finished him on the ground with a rear-naked choke.
It was a dramatic momentum swing and a hell of a fight.
3. BJ Penn over Jens Pulver (TUF 5 Finale)
It was the only time where the coaches on the reality show actually fought each other during the finale.
It was Penn's return to lightweight and a revenge match against old nemesis Jens Pulver.
Penn controlled the entire fight before finishing Pulver with a rear-naked choke in the second round.
With the victory, Penn would immediately go on to challenge Joe Stevenson for the vacant lightweight belt.
2. Mark Bocek over Joe Brammer (TUF 10 Finale)
Canadian Mark Bocek might currently have the best Jiu-Jitsu in the UFC's lightweight division.
His rear-naked choke over Joe Brammer was his third straight in the UFC but this was his best one.
By locking in the submission with his opponent still standing, this submission becomes extra awesome.
1. Dustin Hazelett over Josh Burkman (TUF 7 Finale)
They were relegated to the undercard but the welterweight clash between Dustin Hazelett and Josh Burkman earned "fight of the night" honors and earned Hazelett an obvious "submission of the night" award for one of the most beautiful armbars in MMA history.
From the whizzer position, Hazelette latched onto an arm and swung his inside leg all the way up, over and around Burkman's body and head.
Once the armbar was set up, Burkman's submission was purely academic as Hazelett began torquing away.