Every UFC submission of 2024

Here are all the UFC submissions that took place in 2024.

UFC Fight Night Dos Anjos v Lee
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While most fans keep their eyes glued to the television during a UFC event for that one-punch knockout or a clever combination TKO, it is often a clinically executed submission that takes center stage. The cage becomes a battlefield of grappling brilliance, where every limb, joint, and ligament becomes a weapon that can be wielded.

From Royce Gracie's Brazilian jiu-jitsu to Daniel Cormier's freestyle American wrestling to Khabib Nurmagomedov's Dagestani Midas touch, a fighter's skill on the mat has often been the pivotal aspect of their MMA legacy.

The very first tournament that the promotion hosted, now titled UFC 1: The Beginning, was won via submission. Royce Gracie held Gerard Gordeau in a rear-naked choke hold till the latter tapped out. The tournament saw four more submissions as well, two of them by Gracie, one by Ken Shamrock, and the other by Jason DeLucia.

For the uninitiated, a submission is when a fighter yields by tapping - either on the mat or on the opponent's body - to declare that they are no longer able to continue the fight. A technical submission, meanwhile, occurs when the referee has to step in and stop the fight because a fighter has gone unconscious without tapping or has sustained an injury while being under a hold.

A submission victory is earned by putting the opponent in a submission hold.

The most common forms of submission holds are joint locks, which include armbar, kneebar, banana split, Kimura, toe hold, omoplata, Americana, etc., and choke holds, which cover rear-naked chokes, D'Arce chokes, guillotine, arm-triangle choke, neck crank, etc.

In 2024, the UFC octagon witnessed a multitude of submission masterclasses. From slick takedowns to jaw-dropping chokeholds, the submissions this year often earned a bigger applause from the crowd than the blistering knockouts.

Here are all the UFC submissions that took place in 2024.

This story will be updated throughout the year, please check back often.

UFC Vegas 84

The UFC hosted the first event of the year and it was a strikers delight with six finishes by way of KO/TKO. But there was only one submission on the card.

Jim Miller

Jim Miller earned his stripes yet again when he finished Gabriel Benitez in the third round of their co-main event bout.

With the win, he holds the most wins in the UFC with 25, the most fights in the UFC with 42 and the second-most finishes in the UFC with 17.

UFC 297

Jimmy Flick

The very first fight of the night delivered a come-back submission win for Jimmy Flick. He secured a second-round arm triangle submission over the hometown favorite, Malcolm Gordon.

Jasmine Jasudavicius

Jasmine Jasudavicius accepted a higher weight to fight Priscila Cachoeira after it was clear she wasn't going to weight and made her pay for it. The Canadian pieced her apart for nearly three full rounds before submitting her in the final seconds of the fight.

Sam Patterson

Sam Patterson earned the third submission in a row when he choked Yohan Lainesse in the very first round.

UFC Vegas 85

Molly McCann

Molly McCann made a big statement with a first-round submission of Diana Belbiţă in her strawweight debut.

UFC 298

UFC 298, which took place in Anaheim, CA, only had one submission but boy was it a good one.

Anthony Hernandez

Anthony Hernandez shocked the California crowd with a second-round submission of Roman Kopylov. The submission, a rear-naked choke, seemed to come easily for Hernandez who was seen sticking his tongue out and celebrating even before the tap.

UFC Mexico

Ronaldo Rodriguez

Ronaldo Rodriguez gets the tap in his Octagon debut with just one second remaining in the round.

Edgar Chairez

After a bunch of hiccups in his fight, Edgar Chairez earned a first-round submission of Daniel Lacerda. He was awarded his purple belt after the fight.

Raoni Barcelos

Raoni Barcelos gets back in the win column with a third round submission of Cristian Quinonez to close out the UFC Mexico prelims.

Manuel Torres

Manuel Torres defeated Chris Duncan via a quick rear-naked choke in the very first round of the first main event fight.

Brian Ortega

Brian Ortega shocked with a comeback win over Yair Rodriguez at UFC Mexico. Ortega nearly couldn't complete when he rolled his ankle before the fight even started.

UFC 299

Michel Pereira

Michel Pereira earned a stunning first-round submission of Michal Oleksiejczuk on the UFC 299 early prelims. The win marks the seventh in a row for Pereira who secured the rear-naked choke in 1:01.

UFC Vegas 88

UFC Vegas was a grappler's delight with six submissions on the card. See them all below.

Jacqueline Amorim

Jacqueline Amorim stopped the homecoming of Cory McKenna in just one minute ans 38 seconds on the early prelims. The finish might have come earlier if there wasn't a referee mixup, which is even more jarring.

Jafel Filho

Jafel Filho needed just one round to finish Ode Osbourne with a brutal rear-naked choke.

Mike Davis

Mike Davis made his return to the Octagon after two years with a big win. He became the first fighter to ever submit Natan Levy in the Octagon.

Gerald Meerschaert

Gerald Meerschaert secured a brutal submission of Bryan Barberena submission in the second round of their main event.

Macy Chiasson

The second rear naked choke in a row occurred when Macy Chiasson submitted Pannie Kianzad in the very first round.

Marcin Tybura

In the main event, Marcin Tybura handed Tai Tuivasa his fourth straight win by putting him to sleep with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

UFC Vegas 89

Julian Erosa

Julian Erosa earned a submission in the very first round when he defeated Ricardo Ramos via guillotine choke.

Fernando Padilla

Fernando Padilla silenced the doubters with a career comeback submission over Luis Pajuelo in the very first round

Youssef Zalal

Youssef Zalal fought his way back to the UFC and proved why bringing him back in was the right call. In the second round of his fight with Billy Quarantillo, he sunk in a beautiful rear-naked choke.

UFC Vegas 90

Jean Matsumoto earned his first ever UFC wi when he submitted Dan Argueta via guillotine in the second round.

Stay tuned for more submissions.


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