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Bloody Elbow 2013 Half-Year MMA Awards - Best Submission

Make your pick for the best MMA submission from the first half of 2013 in Bloody Elbow's Half Year Awards.


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 2013. There will be a total of six 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 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 2013. 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:

Rose Namajunas defeats Kathina Catron with a flying armbar, Invicta FC 5 - Not only was it freakin' amazing, she did it in 12 seconds. In her second pro bout. Sick.

Fabricio Werdum armbars Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, UFC on Fuel 10 - The armbar was slick but the fact that he pulled it off on Big Nog of all people makes it even better.

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.

Ronda Rousey armbars Liz Carmouche, UFC 157 - Ronda was in a bit of trouble early, but patience eventually got her the patented armbar finish in the first women's fight in UFC history.

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.

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.

Ronaldo Souza finished Chris Camozzi with an arm triangle, UFC on FX 8 - Jacare obviously has some serious squeeze, because Camozzi went out in about three seconds.

Michelle Waterson armbars Jessica Penne, Invicta FC 5 - Waterson was nearly finished herself earlier in the fight, but came back to pull off an amazing finish to claim a title. Check the Judo Chop.

Antonio Braga Neto kneebars Anthony Smith, UFC on Fuel 10 - Ouch. That's about all I (and Smith, and everyone else) can say.

Renan Barao finishes Michael McDonald with an arm triangle, UFC on Fuel 7- Barao had to adjust and squeeze for a long time, but he was finally able to put McDonald away in the fourth round of their title bout.