A.J. McKee wins with one-of-a-kind hold

With another action-packed year of Mixed Martial Arts in the books, Mixed Martial Arts Addict has a look at the very best knockouts from January to December. Here are the leading 5 and winner of Mixed Martial Arts Addict’s “Submission of the Year” award for 2020.

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Candidate: Thiago Moises def. Michael Johnson, UFC on ESPN+ 29

[autotag]Thiago Moises[/autotag] (13-5 Mixed Martial Arts, 2-3 UFC) revealed why one need to never ever be suspended of a battle when he turned the tables on Michael Johnson (19-16 Mixed Martial Arts, 11-12 UFC) for the greatest win of his profession. After getting selected apart for the preliminary, Moises came out in the 2nd and bum-rushed Johnson. He handled to connect Johnson up and falling back into an ankle lock. The tap came rapidly after, and Moises was granted the victor in a sensational return. https://www.instagram.com/p/CALAQ9MgjEw

Candidate: Aljamain Sterling def. Cory Sandhagen, UFC 250

[autotag]Aljamain Sterling[/autotag] (19-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 11-3 UFC) put himself in the leading tier of bantamweight title competitors when he beat Cory Sandhagen (13-2 Mixed Martial Arts, 6-1 UFC) in the very best efficiency of his profession. Sterling included another signature win to his now five-fight winning streak when he ended Sandhagen’s unbeaten octagon run by rapidly taking their title remover match to the ground. He protected back position in brief order then worked away at a rear-naked choke that ultimately generated a tap from Sandhagen less than 90 seconds in. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGw7Kg_IjNE

Candidate: Ariane Lipski def. Luana Carolina, UFC on ESPN+ 30

[autotag]Ariane Lipski[/autotag] (13-6 Mixed Martial Arts, 2-3 UFC) assured to revive the “Queen of Violence” versus Luana Carolina (6-2 Mixed Martial Arts, 1-1 UFC), which’s precisely what occurred when she completed the females’s flyweight battle in the preliminary. Lipski protected among the nastiest kneebar surfaces in UFC history versus Carolina, doing so from a rather precarious position. They got tangle up on the mat and Lipski got the leg of her challenger and pulled it in an uncomfortable instructions, requiring a yelling tap-out from Carolina. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIzF-LQI-GP

Candidate: Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Justin Gaethje, UFC 254

[autotag]Khabib Nurmagomedov[/autotag]’s (29-0 Mixed Martial Arts, 13-0 UFC) famous run of success continued – and possibly pertained to an end – when he registered his 3rd title defense versus Justin Gaethje (22-3 Mixed Martial Arts, 5-3 UFC). Nurmagomedov showed as soon as again that he’s the leading light-weight in the sport when he combined his belt with interim champ Gaethje thanks to a second-round triangle choke. It was a one-sided affair, with Nurmagomedov managing his own in the striking prior to benefiting from Gaethje on the mat for the surface. https://www.instagram.com/p/CG1R2k9nxAl

Candidate: A.J. McKee def. Darrion Caldwell, Bellator 253

[autotag]A.J. McKee[/autotag] (17-0 Mixed Martial Arts, 17-0 BMMA) advanced to the last of the featherweight grand prix when he beat previous champ Darrion Caldwell (15-4 Mixed Martial Arts, 12-3 BMMA) inside one round. McKee managed an extremely unconventional neck crank on Caldwell – which he later on identified the “McKee-otine” – in simply 71 seconds. He made it to the last round of the 16-man competition, where he’ll have a shot at the title and $1 million. https://twitter.com/MMAjunkie/status/1329607357219954689

Candidate: Jose Perez def. Jacob Dorman, CFFC 91

[autotag]Jose Perez[/autotag] (2-0) offered an emphasize to bear in mind for his early profession resume versus Jacob Dorman (1-4) in their featherweight match. In the opening round of the contest, Perez protected position over Dorman on the mat. From there, he began twisting his challenger in the instructions he required for the banana split. Dorman remained in clear pain as his groin was extended, and he had no option however to tap out. https://twitter.com/UFCFightPass/status/1340103581853224961

The winner: A.J. McKee

[jwplayer UUlOFRhb-RbnemIYZ] In case there was any doubt left, McKee is legitimate. And you can eliminate the term “prospect” prior to his name at last. McKee discovered himself dealing with both a previous Bellator bantamweight champ and an NCAA champ wrestler in Caldwell in a high-stakes centerpiece. And the unbeaten McKee squandered little time revealing he depended on the greatest difficulty of his profession in Bellator’s featherweight grand prix in the semifinals. A book neck crank got the job carried out in simply 1:11. That puts McKee in the last versus the winner of the other semifinal, in between champ Patricio Freire and Emmanuel Sanchez, which will be held at a date to be figured out. Caldwell went to his battling early in the battle and scored a takedown, however McKee didn’t panic. He slipped one arm under Caldwell’s, got him to move his head where he desired it, concluded a body triangle, and it was a simple procedure from that point. “He popped his head off to the side and I locked up the body triangle and I hooked him up deep, and that’s all she wrote,” McKee stated post-fight.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.