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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from June 2018: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and the winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for June.
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Nathaniel Wood def. Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 131
Johnny Eduardo (28-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) had Nathaniel Wood (14-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) bloodied and backing up in the first round, but he seemed to let him off the hook. He paid for it in the second.
Steven Siler def. Magomed Idrisov at PFL 1
For the first four minutes of the fight, Magomed Idrisov (8-1) looked every bit the +2000 betting favorite oddsmakers pegged him. That’s until Steven Siler (30-17) pulled off a miraculous come-from-behind submission victory.
Idrisov put a brutal beatdown on Siler out of the gate. He dropped, cut and did essentially whatever he wanted to the MMA veteran. Siler weathered the storm, though, and kept his wits about him long enough to capitalize on sloppy top control from Idrisov to lock in a triangle choke for the stunning comeback win (via Instagram):
Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida at UFC 225
While the crowd was fully behind Clay Guida (34-18 MMA, 14-12 UFC), Charles Oliveira (23-8 MMA, 11-8 UFC) came away with an impressive win and a piece of UFC history.
After a particularly sharp exchange that included a stiff Oliveira jab, a wounded Guida shot inside, falling directly into his opponent’s guillotine choke. Oliveira squeezed tight as he dropped to guard, turning to his right side and forcing Guida to tap at the 2:18 mark of the opening round (via Twitter):
Ovince Saint Preux def. Tyson Pedro at UFC Fight Night 132
Ovince Saint Preux (23-11 MMA, 11-6 UFC) continued to be the winningest light heavyweight in the UFC over the past five years when he defeated Tyson Pedro (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) with a big-time comeback.
Saint Preux scored a first-round straight-armbar victory when he came back from being rocked by Pedro early. As a result, “OSP” got his record 10th win since 2013 in the UFC 205-pound division (via Instagram):
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Alejandra Lara at Bellator 201
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (8-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) predicted her flexible opponent would be difficult to tap, but the Hawaiian champ found a way to submit Alejandra Lara (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), anyway, while defending her Bellator belt for the first time.
After dropping in a few big elbows from the top, Macfarlane isolated the left arm and turned out beautifully for the extension. The fight-ending armbar nearly earned an immediate tap, but Lara instead gutted her way through the hold for an excruciatingly long time. Macfarlane was unfazed, never letting go of the arm and instead turning, adjusting and eventually getting the tap she had been hunting at the 3:55 mark of the frame (via Instagram):
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Saint Preux got dropped and nearly choked out, but he still found a way to beat Pedro in the first round.
After getting off to a rough start, Saint Preux rebounded with his grappling, locking up a kimura grip from the top position and turning it into a straight armbar to force the tap from Pedro at the 2:54 mark of Round 1.
The trouble started early for Saint Preux, and it was Pedro’s kicks that first put him in danger. After taking a foot across the face, Saint Preux was dropped by a Pedro right hand, and as he tried to scramble up he briefly became stuck in a standing guillotine choke (via Twitter):
Saint Preux fought out of that position and got Pedro to the mat, which is where “OSP” finally got a chance to show some offense. What started with a kimura grip on Pedro’s right arm quickly became a straight armbar attacking his elbow. Unable to break the grip, Pedro had no choice but to tap, which ended the fight just shy of the three-minute mark.
“I was just thinking I need to gain my composure early in the fight,” Saint Preux said. “I have a bad habit of starting slowly, so composure was the key. The fight went to the ground, and I landed perfectly. I landed in a position I wanted to. If I didn’t have the Von Flue choke, I knew I could get the armbar.
“I would take anyone in the top five, basically. There is nobody in the 205-pound division since I came to the UFC in 2013 that’s had more fights than I have or had more performance bonuses than I’ve had. I’ll take fights on short notice. I’ll do whatever it takes. Make sure it’s a top five, and I’ve got it.”
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