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 2012. 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? (If that spiel looked familiar, it's because I just lifted it from last year's awards post.)
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 2012. There have been some excellent subs all over the MMA landscape in the first six months of this year, and getting the list down to 10 is very difficult. But I did, and this is what made the cut.
Here we go, in no particular order:
Chan Sung Jung defeats Dustin Poirier by D'Arce choke, UFC on Fuel 3 - A+ finish to an A+ fight.
Get to voting!
Who scored the best submission victory over the first half of 2012
Dustin Poirier triangle armbars Max Holloway from mount, UFC 143 (129 votes)
Dan Miller guillotines Ricardo Funch, UFC on FX 4 (27 votes)
Nate Diaz guillotines Jim Miller, UFC on Fox 3 (718 votes)
Charles Oliveira taps Eric Wisely with a calf Slicer, UFC on Fox 2 (637 votes)
Korean Zombie D'Arces Dustin Poirier, UFC on Fuel 3 (1871 votes)
John Maguire armbars DaMarques Johnson, UFC on Fuel 2 (44 votes)
Ronda Rousey armbars Miesha Tate, Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate (1398 votes)
Eduardo Dantas arm-triangles Zach Makovsky, Bellator 65 (21 votes)
Martin Kampmann guillotines Thiago Alves, UFC on FX 2 (203 votes)
Paul Sass triangle armbars Jacob Volkmann, UFC 146 (166 votes)
Other (name in comments) (23 votes)
5237 total votes