MMA Junkie’s mid-year ‘Best Submission’: A legend gets bounced from UFC with a broken arm

With six months of action in the books, it’s time to look back and revisit some of the best submissions so far in 2021.

With plenty of slick tap-outs that ranged from flawless technique to surprising, the MMA Junkie staff voted on the nominees below and determined what we believe to be the best submission that took place from January through June.

Let us know if we got it right and be sure to vote for your favorite knockout at the bottom of the post.

The Nominees

Nominee: Randy Brown def. Alex Oliveira at UFC 261

After a previous matchup was canceled, Randy Brown (13-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) finally got his hands on welterweight veteran Alex Oliveira (22-10-1 MMA, 11-8 UFC), and he made the most of it.

A unique one-armed rear-naked choke closed the show for Brown. When he got the back of his opponent early in the first, he didn’t lock in the choke as he would traditionally need to. He wrapped one arm under the throat and showed a ridiculous squeeze to make his opponent give up.

Nominee: Amanda Nunes def. Megan Anderson at UFC 259

Amanda Nunes (21-4 MMA, 14-1 UFC) continued to show why she’s widely regarded as the best female fighter of all time when she made quick work of Megan Anderson (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC).

Nunes quickly tagged Anderson with a hard right hand and stunned the Australian. From there, it was a wrap as Nunes took down Anderson, landed ground-and-pound, secured the back mount, and then locked a reverse triangle choke to finish a straight armbar for the tap to defend the women’s featherweight belt.

Nominee: Anthony Hernandez def. Rodolfo Vieira at UFC 258

Anthony Hernandez (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) pulled off one of the more unexpected results in recent UFC history when he tapped out ADCC champion Rodolfo Vieira (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

Hernandez was winning the middleweight bout with Vieira on the feet, landing some big shots on the feet to badly hurt his Brazilian foe. Vieira was out of steam and faded badly, opening the door for Hernandez to secure an arm-in guillotine. Vieira tapped out, and viewers were collectively left with their jaws dropped.

Nominee: Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 263

Brandon Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 7-2-2 UFC) forever etched himself in the record books when he claimed the flyweight title from Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) in their rematch to become the UFC’s first Mexico-born champion.

After fighting to a draw in December, Moreno made big adjustments going into the rematch and largely dominated Figueiredo. He got the fight to the mat in the third round and found his way to the back where he locked in a fight-ending rear-naked choke to begin his reign as the new champion at 125 pounds.

The winner

The winner: Andre Muniz def. Ronaldo Souza at UFC 262

Andre Muniz (21-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) said pre-fight that he was not concerned about going to the ground with decorated jiu-jitsu ace Ronaldo Souza (26-10 MMA, 9-7 UFC) in their middleweight matchup. He delivered on that promise in a violent manner.

Muniz broke “Jacare’s” arm with a slick armbar in the opening round, applying the technique from an awkward angle and quickly snapping the limb. It would prove to Souza’s final moment inside the octagon, as the 41-year-old’s contract expired with the bout.

The fight was contested on the feet until Muniz shot for a double-leg. Souza briefly Muniz off, but the younger Brazilian kept his grip on “Jacare.” Muniz worked his way to the back. As “Jacare” elevated in an attempt to shake his opponent off, Muniz grabbed hold of an arm. As he slid off Souza, Muniz secured a nasty torque on the arm. From there, he squeezed and the snap occurred.

As Souza stood up, he appeared to be in good spirits, but his arm was dangling. With the cage-side doctor holding it in place, Souza was escorted into the dressing room before the official decision was read.

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Original article: https://mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists/best-submission-mid-year-award-andre-muniz-jacare-souza-ufc-262

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