MMA Junkie's 'Submission of the Month' for June: A rare technique leads to a belt
With another action-packed month in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from June 2019: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for June.
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Makwan Amirkhani def. Chris Fishgold at UFC on ESPN+ 11
There was a lots of online back-and-forth and fight week tension going into the featherweight encounter between Makwan Amirkhani (15-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Chris Fishgold (18-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
When the fighters got in the octagon, though, Amirkhani seemed to be a step ahead all along. He capitalized on a grappling mistake from Fishgold during the second frame and secured an anaconda choke. Fishgold did his best to resist and escape, but he had to give in to the choke.
Anthony Smith def. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on ESPN+ 11
Anthony Smith (32-14 MMA, 8-4 UFC) had one brief opportunity to take Alexander Gustafsson (18-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) down and jump on his back late in a back-and-forth fight, and he wasn’t about to let it pass him by.
Once he got in that advantageous position, Smith was determined to make the most of it. He did so when he flattening Gustafsson out and squeezed the rear-naked choke for the fourth-round submission to emerge from the light heavyweight bout.
Kevin Tiller def. Muhammed DeReese at PFL 2019: Week 3
Kelvin Tiller (11-2) showed some nasty submission skills in his heavyweight season opener when he tapped out an extremely tough Muhammed DeReese (7-1) with a gruesome finish in the first round.
During a grappling exchange Tiller was able to grab ahold of a kimura grip on DeReese from bottom position. He nearly finished it, but DeReese was absurdly tough in trying to escape. He tried to roll and spin every which way in order to escape, but Tiller refused to let go. Tiller cranked even further as he rolled DeReese over. DeReese tapped out during the transition.
Patrick Mix def. Ricky Bandejas at Bellator 222
After a successful amateur career and start to his pro run, Patrick Mix (11-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) finally got the call to a bigger organization. He made the most of it as he swiftly submitted Ricky Bandejas (11-3 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in an upset result at bantamweight.
Mix wasted no time climbing on the back of Bandejas from a standing position at his first opportunity. He dragged his opponent down to the canvas, got the forearm under the neck and forced the tap courtesy of a rear-naked choke just 66 seconds after the bout began.
Mads Burnell def. Dean Trueman at Cage Warriors 106
Mads Burnell (12-3) forced the Cage Warriors featherweight belt to change hands when he used a slick choke to end an exciting showdown with now former champion Dean Trueman (10-4).
Trueman appeared to be on the cusp of overtaking momentum of the fight and perhaps getting into territory for a finish of his own when Burnell changed the narrative. The fight hit the ground, Burnell found a chance to go after the rarely used Japanese necktie and was able to secure it well enough to force the tap in the second round.
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The Winner: Mads Burnell
The featherweight title fight between reigning champion Trueman and Danish challenger Burnell was always expected to deliver fireworks, and the two dueling 145-pounders didn’t disappoint.
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