Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
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 in 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. I'm sure there was a crazy three-toed neck crank in M-1's Kazakh rookie series or something, but we'll just go with stuff that most people have actually seen here. Cool?
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 2012. There have been some excellent subs all over the MMA landscape over the last 12 months, and getting the list down to 10 is very difficult. But I did, and this is what made the cut.
It's interesting to note how few fights got finished by submission in the last half of 2012 though. I'm not gonna do the math because I'm on vacation and drinking and stuff, but seriously. Take a look. Other than UFC 153, subs were at a premium. Anyway, tangent over.
Here we go, in no particular order:
, UFC 153 - Gator rolls! Sick choke! How do you leave that off?
What was the best submission in MMA in 2012?
Charles Oliveira finished Eric Wisely with a calf slicer, UFC on Fox 2 (472 votes)
Joe Lauzon submits Jamie Varner with a triangle, UFC on Fox 4 (149 votes)
Demian Maia chokes out Rick Story, UFC 153 (412 votes)
Ronda Rousey armbars Miesha Tate, Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Tate (240 votes)
Vinny Magalhaes armbars Igor Pokrajac, UFC 152 (36 votes)
Chan Sung Jung D'Arces Dustin Poirier, UFC on Fuel 3 (331 votes)
Ivan Menjivar armbars Azamat Gashimov, UFC 154 (32 votes)
Nate Diaz guillotines Jim Miller, UFC on Fox 3 (195 votes)
Karl Amoussou heel hooks Bryan Baker, Bellator 72 (45 votes)
Phil Davis hits an anaconda choke on Wagner Prado, UFC 153 (47 votes)
1959 total votes