UFC 133, live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Saturday, is jam-packed with highly-talented matchups.
The co-main event features two former UFC light heavyweight champions. "Suga" Rashad Evans squares off against the resurrected "Huntington Beach Bad Boy," Tito Ortiz.
In middleweight action, Yoshihiro "Sexyama" Akiyama, with his customary showmanship and grandeur, will look to overcome the lightning-fast hands of "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort.
Fans of the greatest sport on earth here in the United States have become accustomed to glorious knockouts and exciting finishes as the result of a jaw-rattling kick, a knockout from a knee strike or the vicious onslaught of unanswered punches.
The proverbial red-headed stepchild of the knockout is a submission victory. Tap-out wins do not propel fans out of their seats with quite the same vigor as a KO, and uneducated fans themselves have a short threshold of patience with respect to the jiu-jitsu game.
Watching some of the best BJJ practitioners within the UFC is like watching magic unfold in front of your eyes.
The smooth transitions of Charles Oliveira are awe-inspiring. B.J. Penn's submission victories, as a result of a rear-naked choke, leave not only his opponent gasping for air, but those who have felt the constriction of this choke short of breath as well.
Even though a submission win may never be viewed as impressive as a thunderous knockout victory, the brilliance and wizardry of achieving a tap-out is remarkable.
In the welterweight division, two tremendously talented submission-grapplers will square off in front of the thousands in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center and the millions viewing on pay-per-view.
With an overall MMA record of 50-13 with 38 submission wins, Dennis "Superman" Hallman will be looking to add to his incredible number of tap-out victories as he faces Brian "Bad Boy" Ebersole.
Hallman, obviously experienced as a mixed martial artist, has competed inside the cage since 1997. Fighting globally, "Superman" has two submission victories over the immortal Matt Hughes.
Opposing Hallman at UFC 133, Ebersole possesses an equally impressive 47-14 MMA record with 20 submission victories.
Riding a wave of momentum with eight consecutive victories, including a unanimous decision win over Chris Lytle at UFC 127, the "Bad Boy" will be looking to add "Superman" to his list of defeated opposition this Saturday.
Both welterweight competitors are tremendously experienced with 97 total fights between the two of them. Sharing 58 submission wins, both fighters are masters of their submission games.
Flowing through transitions, repeated submission attempts and capitalizing on the smallest window of opportunity, this matchup between Hallman and Ebersole should be a jiu-jitsu clinic.
Stocked with talent looking for a knockout this Saturday, the juxtaposition provided by these two submission-grappling experts will provide the fans with the opportunity to witness MMA-based jiu-jitsu at its highest level.
Do not blink during this matchup, or you may miss a potential "Submission of the Night" victory for one of these two brilliant jiu-jitsu practitioners.
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