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 course of 2013. 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've used the same one for three years in a row. Originality? What originality?)
It's pretty simple. I'll post 5-10 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 is tough.
Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get onto the first poll - the best submission of 2013. There have been some excellent subs all over the MMA landscape 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:
Sergio Moraes beats Neil Magny with a mounted triangle, UFC 163 - Moraes started in mount, set up the triangle, and rolled over to his back while locking it up. Magny tried to fight it off, but Moraes deftly rolled back to mount and Magny was forced to tap.
Kenny Robertson makes Brock Jardine tap to a modified kneebar, UFC 157 - I'm not even sure if "modified kneebar" sums it up correctly or not, but it was one of the most creative subs I've ever seen. Check out the Judo Chop on it for more info.
Michael McDonald triangles Brad Pickett, UFC Fight Night 26 - Mayday slapped on the triangle lightning-quick, then held on for dear life while Pickett tried everything he could to escape. He couldn't though.
Anthony Pettis armbars Ben Henderson, UFC 164 - One of the more anti-climactic title wins in the UFC history, but it was still pretty crazy. Pettis threw it up quickly from the bottom, then held on while Henderson tried to defend. Once he flattened it out, he was the lightweight champ.
Josh Burkman chokes Jon Fitch out with a guillotine, WSOF 3 - It hurts for me to include this, but Burkman choked out the unchokeable. And it was the grappling version of the walk off knockout too. In 41 seconds.
Urijah Faber guillotines Michael McDonald, UFC on Fox 9 - After battering McDonald all over the cage, Faber smartly switched to submission mode and grabbed onto the Team Alpha Male specialty, the guillotine. It took a little while to secure it, but once he did McDonald was done.
Ronda Rousey armbars Miesha Tate, UFC 168 - It took until the third round for Rousey to get her finish this time, but she worked hard for it and Tate knew she was finished as soon as it was fully applied.
Urijah Faber RNC's Ivan Menjivar, UFC 157 - Faber used amazing quickness to jump on Menjivar's back as he got up, switched from some sort of crucifix to full back control, and sunk a choke. All with Menjivar still standing.