5 greatest submissions in ONE Championship history


#4 Ariel Sexton submits Kota Shimoishi with a reverse triangle choke/keylock combination (ONE Championship: Pursuit of Power)

Upon seeing Ariel 'Tarzan' Sexton's submission, ONE Championship VP and commentator Rich Franklin didn't even know what to call it. The former UFC champion called it an 'arm crank' but it's more than that. Combining a reverse triangle and a keylock/Americana in one submission is unheard of.

It also happens to be Sexton's signature move.

The Costa Rican jiu jistu blackbelt calmly stepped over Shimoishi to wrap his legs around his neck. From there 'Tarzan' sat back while squeezing Shimoshi's corotid arteries, all while cranking his arm in a very painful manner. The whole sequence was so precise and quick you could post it in an Instagram story. Sexton knew exactly how to set up the move and finish it swiftly. It is indeed his signature move.

Watch the full fight and submission here:

#3. Angela Lee submits Natalie Gonzales Hills with a Twister (ONE Championship: Pride of Lions)

Every time we see a twister submission in MMA it's bound to be a highlight. This spinal lock submission was developed by jiu jitsu legend Eddie Bravo. The details of how to even set up this submission are so complex that we rarely see it finished in MMA. Once applied successfully, however, it generates tremendous pressure on someone's spine, forcing them to tap instantly.

In just her third professional fight, ONE Championship atomweight champion Angela 'Unstoppable' Lee submitted Natalie Gonzales Hills with this devastating lock. Just look at how twisted Hill's body is as the Canadian-American grappling wizard cranked hard:

After a scrappy start on the feet, Lee dragged the fight to the ground and reversed Hills with a high-level sweep. From top position, the ONE Championship queen dominated until Hills gave up her back. Instead of going for the rear naked choke, Lee opted to switch her leg hooks and went for the spinal crank.

Watch the full fight and submission here:

Edited by C. Naik

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