UFC 279 has been full of ups and downs! Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev were supposed to fight each other, but after Chimaev missed weight (by 8 pounds) – the card was reordered. And the fans had an opportunity to watch the long-awaited match between Nate Diaz & Tony Ferguson, as well as the Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kevin Holland one.
And, wouldn’t you know it… Both Diaz and Chimaev won via submission!
Chimaev immediately put extraordinary pressure against Holland, going for a takedown almost the second the match began. After some scrambling, he established top position.
Holland gave his best to escape, but Chimaev saw an opportunity and took it; locking a tight D’Arce Choke and tapping his opponent out.
There are countless versions of the D’arce choke which is also called the Katagatame in Japanese because it is a form of arm triangle although the chocking mechanics are slightly different.
The D’Arce choke, or Brabo choke, is similar to the Anaconda choke. The difference is that the choking arm is threaded under the near arm, in front of the opponent’s neck, and on top of the far arm. The choke gets its name from Joe D’Arce, a third-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie.
Though not the inventor of the choke, D’Arce performed this choke often and with great success in many Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling tournaments. During a sparring session with Jason Miller, the choke surprised Miller, who gave it the name and pronunciation “Darce” rather than the proper “D-Arsee,” when D’Arce did not have a title for the technique.
To able to start catching your opponents in Darce chokes from all positions, you need to work your muscle memory to the point were setting up a Darce becomes automatic.
In this video, we see how Chimaev set up his D’Arce choke:
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Here is how he did it:
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