2011 has been a huge year for MMA, both in terms of growth and the sheer entertainment value of the fights that have been waged. Over the next week, FightLine will take a look at the best performances turned in over the last year before the apocalypse.
Submission of the Year
The honor of Submission of the Year must be awarded to Chan Sung Jung, The Korean Zombie, for his spectacular Twister victory over Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis back in March.
Jung rebounded from a two-fight losing streak in the WEC, which included a controversial split decision loss to Garcia, to make his UFC debut a spectacular one, tapping out the very tough Garcia in the second round of their rematch with the rarely seen (maybe never before seen) Twister, a move made popular by rubber guard expert and 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu instructor Eddie Bravo.
The move, which contorts the spine, was expertly applied by Jung during a transition and is no doubt the most creative and memorable submission of this year. Don’t be surprised if, much like the
Anderson Silva Sensei Seagal front kick, you see fighters going for the Twister much more often in competition over the next year.
-Frank Mir, for his bone-crunching kimura submission of BJJ legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140 earlier this month.
-Ronda Rousey, for any of the four armbars she applied this year (in professional competition).
-Jon Jones, for leaving Lyoto Machida looking like he got shot after choking him unconscious with a modified guillotine choke, also at UFC 140.
-Tito Ortiz, for his career-saving guillotine over Ryan Bader at UFC 132.
Check out a video of Jung’s epic submission win and a breakdown of the move by Eddie Bravo below.