MMAjunkie’s ‘Submission of the Month’ for November: An armbar for the record books

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from November 2018: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for November.

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The Nominees

Shane Burgos def. Kurt Holobaugh at UFC 230

As quickly as Shane Burgos (11-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) was in trouble, he was out of it and a winner of his lightweight bout with Kurt Holobaugh (17-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC).

Holobaugh hit Burgos with a beautiful one-two punch that led to a knockdown in the first round of the matchup. Holobaugh went in for the finish with punches, but before he knew it he was trapped in an armbar, and it was game over just over two minutes into the fight.

Donald Cerrone def. Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139

Donald Cerrone (34-11 MMA, 21-8 UFC) made history on the UFC’s 25th anniversary fight card when he defeated Mike Perry (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) to set a plethora of octagon records.

Cerrone set a new record for most UFC victories and finishes when he defeated Perry by first-round submission courtesy of an armbar. “Cowboy” looked slightly outgunned on the feet, but once the action hit the ground it was his world. He isolated Perry’s arm and finished the job from there.

Weili Zhang def. Jessica Aguilar at UFC Fight Night 141

Weili Zhang (18-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) announced herself as potential contender in the strawweight division, earning her 18th consecutive win with a dominant first-round finish of Jessica Aguilar (20-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

After Zhang scored a takedown, a non-stop barrage of elbows and forearms saw her slice open Aguilar before moving to mount and setting up a triangle choke. The initial submission didn’t work, but as Zhang rolled to her back, she continued striking her trapped opponent before turning to the armbar that forced the tap.

Roosevelt Roberts def. Darrell Horcher at TUF 28 Finale

Roosevelt Roberts(7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) impressed in his UFC debut, patiently attacking on the feet before latching in a brutal-looking choke of Darrell Horcher (13-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC).

The taller Roberts deftly locked in a power guillotine choke from the standing position and began to crank on the neck. Horcher’s body went nearly horizontal against the fence as he tried to break free, but the hold was tight, and he was force to tap with 10 seconds left in the opening round.

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Maurice Greene def. Michel Batista at TUF 28 Finale

In a matchup of “TUF 28” heavyweight semifinalists, Maurice Greene (6-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was forced to work from his back, but proved up to the challenge against Michel Batista (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

Batista was able to drive his opponent to the floor early in the opening round. Undaunted, Greene was able to sneak in a triangle choke, quickly bringing it in tight. Batista did his best to wait through the hold, but he was trapped and was forced to tap.

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The Winner: Donald Cerrone

Cerrone picked up a historic win and turned it into a family affair rather than an extension of a grudge.

Cerrone submitted Perry with an armbar with 14 seconds left in the first round. Then he brought his infant son into the cage with him for the moment he became the UFC’s all-time wins leader, as well as its all-time leader in finishes.

That moment of celebration with his son, his girlfriend and his biggest fan, his grandmother, took precedent for “Cowboy” over the beef with his former Jackson Wink MMA camp and coaches, who were in Perry’s corner.

Perry landed a takedown past three minutes into the fight, but Cerrone nicely reversed position on the canvas. Cerrone had an opportunity for a triangle choke, but Perry reversed and got on top.

Perry was in Cerrone’s guard and tried to posture up, but Cerrone grabbed his arm. And that was the beginning of the end. Cerrone torqued on an armbar, and when Perry couldn’t roll out of it, he had to tap.

Cerrone got back in the win column after a June loss and has won two of his past three. Perry is back in the loss column and has dropped three of his past four.

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