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5 WWE Submission Moves That Were Used To Make UFC Fighters Tap Out

Johny Payne
Modified 08 Nov 2019, 14:39 IST
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#1 Sleeper Hold/ Rear-Naked Choke

Samoa Joe calls it the Coquina clutch!

The term ‘Rear-Nake Choke’ implies a chokehold submission manoeuvre that is applied by the fighter on his opponent’s neck, whilst securing a dominant position on the opponent’s back. The two main variations of this move are defined by the different techniques of clasping hands, during the submission. 

One variation involves wrapping one arm around the opponent and using the hand of said arm to grab the bicep of your other arm. The second variation involves wrapping one arm around the opponent’s neck whilst clasping both hands together and applying pressure, turning the submission into a mixed-blood choke and rear-naked choke variant.

In the WWE, popular Superstars such as Dolph Ziggler and Samoa Joe use the Rear-Naked Choke, also known as the ‘Sleeper Hold’, as a finishing move. Samoa Joe has incorporated the signature move into his arsenal in lieu of his bad-ass submission machine gimmick, formerly in TNA and now in the world’s premier pro-wrestling organisation the WWE. 

In the UFC, this submission is widely referred to as the rear-naked choke, being utilised in several matchups. Notable examples of its usage in the UFC include Miesha Tate’s title-winning performance against Holly Holm and Nate Diaz’s submission victory over Conor McGregor, both at UFC 196 in March of 2016.

The Sleeper Hold/Rear-Naked Choke is a hugely popular submission move, used with great effectiveness in the UFC just as much as the WWE. 

Popular WWE signature submission moves such as bulldog chokes, ankles locks, abdominal stretches, armbars and sleeper holds are legitimate martial arts techniques which, can and are, widely utilised not only in the UFC but in all of MMA.

Keep up with our combat tradition and write in to me about your choice WWE submission manoeuvres, which you feel would be effective inside the Octagon.

Till then, keep training your wrestling and your BJJ; and stay tuned in for more WWE/UFC knowledge. 


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Published 17 Feb 2017, 14:15 IST
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