When “heavyweight” and “UFC” words are mentioned in the same sentence, one tends to think about vicious one-punch knockouts. However, the UFC has had quite a lot of impressive heavyweight submissions throughout the years, too.
Here are the top 10 heavyweight submissions in the UFC’s history, chosen by the Championship itself:
With that, both the UFC and Bellator MMA have published their own “best submissions of 2021” videos at the end of the previous year!
Specifically, the UFC has named its nominees for the Submission Of The Year award. Some of the nominees for the award are: Glover Teixeira and his Rear Naked Choke against Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267, Khamzat Chimaev’s Rear Naked Choke win versus Li Jingliang also at UFC 267, Brandon Moreno’s Rear Naked Choke against Deiveson Figueiredo for the flyweight title (UFC 263), and many more.
You can vote for the best submission by clicking on the “Community” tab on the UFC’s YouTube channel.
Bellator MMA hasn’t organized a “best submission award” itself, but the organization did post a video of the best submission finishes in 2021; and boy, were there plenty of them! All the way from A.J. McKee’s astounding performance against Patricio Freire to Aaron Pico’s relentless win, Bellator has compiled it all.
The two-part breakdown of Bellator’s best submissions of 2021 can be seen on the videos below: