Submissions that come out of nowhere always look like magic when they happen in MMA. More so, if the submissions are rarely seen. This past weekend’s events had some occurrences that don’t happen too often, so if you missed them, check them out right here.
The Inverted Triangle of Bellator 281
Bellator MMA got the taps early Friday afternoon with Bellator 281 with a very clever submission from Olver Enkamp.
First off, it’s not a buggy choke. Although it may have been officially recorded as such because currently, the buggy choke is to grappling what the calf kick has become in MMA.
However, the inverted triangle choke that Enkamp hit against Mark Lemminger came seemingly out of nowhere, when he was on his way down to the canvas after being knocked down. If fans guessed that it was something he does in the training room often, they would have been correct.
After the win, when asked in his post-fight media scrum, Enkamp said, “It’s something that I learned, one of the first submissions I actually learned when I started MMA like, I don’t know 12 years ago or something. So, it’s one of the first things I know and it’s deep into my nervous system. So I go to that whenever I’m in, you know like adrenaline state.”
Check out the submission here:
— Carbazel MMA (@Carbazel) May 13, 2022
The Omoplata at CFFC 108
On Saturday afternoon over in Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania Will Spann got a first-round verbal submission over Brandon Davis. Omoplata in MMA are often attempted but have a low level of success and while somewhat basic when learning submissions, it still comes with a lot of moving parts so hitting this move will always get some shine. Check out Spann’s slick groundwork here:
Submission of the year candidate incoming!
— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) May 14, 2022
The Anaconda of UFC Vegas 54
Saturday night at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Andre Petroski got the night going quickly with a very quick anaconda choke over Nick Maximov. Yes, there’s a whole article on it here but it was one of two submissions from the entire event. Ryan Spann got a guillotine choke on Ion Cutelaba as well during the co-main event but anacondas aren’t as frequent as guillotines, so this one is worth adding to this list. Check it out here:
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 14, 2022
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Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel