Everyone agrees that the submission Shinya Aoki pulled on Katsuhiko Nagata at DREAM 4 was the shizzle. But no one is quite sure what to call it.
Shinya Aoki defeated Katsuhiko Nagata by first-round submission today at the Dream.4 event in Japan, and watching the way Aoki finished Nagata has me thinking Aoki might be the best submission artist in MMA right now.
Aoki's submission took advantage of his extreme flexibility to go from a full mount position to get his shin up toward Nagata's neck. It was so unique that no one is quite sure what to call it -- Jim Murphy at the Savage Science calls it an omoplata shoulderlock from the top mount, while Sherdog lists Aoki as having won with a gogoplata. Bas Rutten, calling the fight for HDNet, said he had never seen Aoki's submission before. When you've got a submission move that Rutten has never seen, you're doing something special.
UPDATE: As usual our readers are more knowledgeable than I. In the comments, Tanner Mathews explains that its a gogoplata from the top, something that Eddie Bravo has explained on DVD AND my colleague Nick Thomas points out that Shinya himself used the move in a grappling tourny a couple years back. Also the locoplata is already used by Bravo for a different move:
The locoplata is a gogo but you put your other foot thats free on your heel grab their arm and push with that foot. Thats the subtle difference between the gogo and eddie’s loco.
And to muddy the waters further, Nick Honstein won the 145lb title at the Kick Down 50: Milestone event in Denver, CO with the same move except he called it a locoplata and the official press release called it an "umoplata" (sic).