Over the next few days, Bloody Elbow is going to ask for your opinion on some of the best things that have happened in the MMA world over the first half of 2011. There will be a total of eight different categories you'll be asked to vote on. For simplicity's sake we're going to stick with high-level and relevant MMA stuff in these posts. While I'm sure there was a ludicrous knockout in an unscheduled MMA event at The Lumberyard strip club in Des Moines, or an insane pancreas lock submission on an obscure ZST! card in Japan, let's just stick to stuff a lot of us have seen, okay? And yes, we'll count UFC 132 in this despite it being on July 2nd, since I'm getting a late start on it.
It's pretty simple. I'll post 10 options in a category, you vote for what you think was the best. If you think I left something really important off my list, post it in the comments and we can add it to the poll if it's deemed worthy. I can almost guarantee you won't like all my suggestions, but narrowing down these lists to 10 is tough.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the first poll - the best submission of the first half of 2011. Each of the options includes a link to a gif or video of the finish.
Here we go, in no particular order:
Now it's up to you, folks.
What was the best submission of the first half of 2011?
Nik Lentz, guillotine, UFN 24 (4 votes)
Chan Sung Jung, twister, UFN 24 (1358 votes)
Pablo Garza, flying triangle, UFC 129 (135 votes)
Vinny Magalhaes, gogoplata/neck crank, M-1 Challenge 25 (80 votes)
Pat Curran, peruvian necktie, Bellator 46 (49 votes)
Marloes Coenen, triangle, Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson (21 votes)
Richard Hale, inverted triangle, Bellator 38 (104 votes)
Shinya Aoki, neck crank, Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley (23 votes)
Joe Lauzon, kimura, UFC on Versus 4 (64 votes)
Chris Weidman, standing guillotine, UFC 131 (13 votes)
1851 total votes