The 10 Nastiest Armbar Submissions Ever
In the world of jiu-jitsu, there exists many great submissions.
Some choke holds here and there, maybe some ankle locks, but nothing quite whets the pallet more than a well applied armbar.
Now, when you're paired up against an opponent that may be too tough for his own good, you will yield some eye gouging finishes, to which Frank Mir's victims in Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira can attest to.
10. Joaquim Ferreira vs. Junior Dos Santos
Long before Dos Santos was the UFC's heavyweight champion, he was just another prospect on the rise in his native Brazil.
In a previous outing, Dos Santos had met with Joaquim Ferreira at an XFC four-man tournament, where the world renowned striker took a submission victory over his fellow countryman when Ferreira opted out of the fight due to exhaustion.
The duo met seven months later, where Ferreira exacted revenge by submitting the future champ with a vicious armbar, earning the tapout in 73-seconds, giving Dos Santos the first and so far only loss of his career.
9. Nick Diaz vs. Evangelista Santos
After defeating KJ Noons in a "Fight of the Year" worthy performance, Nick Diaz was pitted against the next title challenger in Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos.
The Brazilian proved to be formidable in the early goings of the bout, but as the fight wore on, the Strikeforce welterweight champ continued to assert his high energy pace.
As Santos began to wilt, he looked for a last ditch effort in taking Diaz to the ground—bad mistake.
The Cesar Gracie black belt quickly and deftly applied an armbar, finishing off Santos with just seconds remaining in the round.
8. Akihiro Gono vs. Tamdan McCrory
A fixture of the now defunct Pride organization, Akihiro Gono would make his UFC debut in November of 2007 where he took on the towering Tamdan McCrory.
McCrory length and size gave Gono a lot of problems early, but once the fight got to the mat, it was all Gono, as the Japanese fighter was able to cinch up his signature armbar, inverting the hold in a way that yielded a yell and later a tap from the "Barn Cat".
7. Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens
In a lightweight affair, Joe Lauzon was looking to build himself off of a TKO victory over Kyle Bradley when he took on Jeremy Stephens.
The heavy hitter stepped in for an injured Hermes Franca, though Stephens proved to be a formidable and suitable opponent, as he was able to stifle Lauzon early, but the submission specialist eventually brought the fight to the ground where he hit a late rally armbar in the second round.
6. Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
In the recent The Ultimate Fighter finale, featherweight heavy hitters Dennis Bermudez and Diego Brandao met in the finals.
Though Brandao was the early favorite, Bermudez leveled the Brazilian with a crisp right hand. As he waded in to finish the fight, his overzealous demeanor got the best of him.
Bermudez left his arm extended, to which the jiu-jitsu black belt answered by quickly cinching an armbar which yielded a tap almost immediately. The consensus believed that Bermudez had broken his arm with the nasty submission, but he walked away relatively unscathed.
5. Dustin Hazelett vs. Josh Burkman
Once a top contender in the division, Josh Burkman was on the comeback trail following a lackluster loss to Mike Swick.
Burkman was pitted against the surging Dustin Hazelett, who was coming off of a loss of his own to Josh Koscheck.
The wrestling powerhouse was looking to take the fight to the ground, however Hazelett countered with the whizzer, over hooking Burkman's right arm, hopping his left leg over the back and cinching up the armbar, which immediately yielded the tapout in the "Submission of the Night" worthy performance.
4. Ronday Rousey vs. Julia Budd
Olympic Judoka Ronda Rousey's go-to move has been her armbar finishes, so you would think Julia Budd would take some extra precautions in doing her best to avoid the stifling grip of the grappler.
However, in their 145-pound tilt under the Strikeforce banner, Rousey rushed Budd early, ate some shots on the feet before clinching up with the striker and taking her to the ground.
From there, Rousey quickly hit the armbar which yielded the tap in just 39-seconds.
3. Marshall Mooney vs. Israel Martinez
Believe it or not, Martinez survived this submission, as Marshall Mooney arched his back and deftly applied the hold, yielding gasps and jeers from the all Texan crowd.
In the end, Mooney took home a decision victory while Martinez earned the second loss of his amateur career and a hyper-extended arm to boot.
2. Steve Cantwell vs. Razak Al-Hassan
The former WEC light heavyweight champ made an impressive UFC debut at the expense of the tough Razak Al-Hassan.
The two touted strikers eventually made their way to the mat, where the jiu-jitsu brown belt in Cantwell cinched up a vicious armbar.
Too tough for his own good, Hassan failed to tap from the hold, forcing the referee to intervene when Cantwell hyper extended the arm on several occasions.
Cantwell earned the submission victory and Al-Hassan was later sidelined for over a year thanks to a dislocated elbow.
1. Frank Mir vs. Tim Sylvia
In a heavyweight collision some years ago, former champion Tim Sylvia was looking to reclaim his belt after having his title stripped of him thanks to testing positive for steroids.
In his way was Frank Mir, a touted submission specialist on the rise. In a matter of seconds, the fight managed to find its way to the ground, where Mir cinched up an armbar almost immediately.
There was some controversy surrounding the fight initially as referee Herb Dean stepped in and halted the bout out of nowhere, though replays showed soon later that Mir had snapped Sylvia's arm in two places—turning boos into gasps in a matter of minutes.