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Ah, yes. Another top five list.
With 2011 halfway through, it's time to roll out some typical mid-year awards. Filler? Maybe. Fun? Most definitely.
The subject of this particular list (courtesy of UFC.com) is submissions. With as many fight cards as the world's largest mixed martial arts organization has offered up so far this season, there are plenty to choose from.
And who doesn't love a good old fashion tap, nap or snap?
Without further ado, in we go:
Nik Lentz doesn't know how to lose. The dude is an unstoppable tank who, even when he's stopped, comes up without actually having a loss on his Octagon resume (hi Charles). This was the case against Waylon Lowe, as "The Carny" was more or less getting his ass handed to him throughout the entirety of the fight until he came up aces in the third with a well-timed guillotine on a Lowe takedown attempt. Don't mess with the tank, kids.
Although this was just his sixth professional mixed martial arts bout and it was on short notice, Chris Weidman went in like a boss and put in work against Jesse Bongfeldt. His striking, the perceived weak point in his game, was up to snuff, his wrestling was solid and, of course, he was once again the submission machine he's quickly gaining notoriety for being. He used all that to secure a late first round standing guillotine for his second victory inside the Octagon.
If you look hard enough, you can find holes in any fighters game and the biggest knock against Joe Lauzon is his lack of ability to perform consistently at a high level. But when he's on point and rocking it, there ain't no stopping him, ya heard? This was the "J-Lau" that showed up in Pittsburgh on June 26 when he went out and made Curt Warburton a bug on his windshield, knocking him around before submitting him in about two minutes flat.
"They" say nobody likes a showoff but "they" are full of shit, because when Pablo Garza decided to get funky inside the cage against Yves Jabouin with a flying triangle choke, it was one for the ages. What made it even more impressive was it was a follow up to his previous fight which was one of the most stunning knockouts in promotion history. Oh, and he did it in Toronto in front of 55,000 fans. Big timer.
Revenge is sweet. Chan Sung Jung knows this well now that he got his against Leonard Garcia with a submission that had previously never been pulled off -- and maybe not even attempted -- inside the Octagon. Before UFC Fight Night 24, maybe 5-percent of MMA fans knew what a twister submission is. But after "The Korean Zombie" twisted up "Bad Boy" like a pretzel and nearly broke his back, no one watching will ever forget it.
Head on over to UUFC.comm to check out the extensive list of honorable mentions. And feel free to sound off in the comments section below on any notable snubs.
Let's hear it, Maniacs.