2012 MMAWeekly.com Reader’s Choice Award – Submission of the Year?

For our annual awards, MMAWeekly.com turns to you the readers and fans to choose the best of the best for 2012 including “Submission of the Year.”

There were a lot of great submissions this year in the world of MMA and now we turn to you, our loyal readers and fans to help us select the best for 2012.

Ronda Rousey certainly jumps to the top of the list with her armbar finish of former Strikeforce women’s champion Miesha Tate, and she repeated that performance when she put away Sarah Kaufman later in the year.

Charles Oliveira got creative with his calf-slicer submission to put away Eric Wisely at UFC on Fox 2 all the way back in January.

T.J. Waldburger didn’t do Jake Hecht any favors when he jumped into a nasty armbar to put him away at UFC on FX 2.

Not to be outdone by the Strikeforce women’s champ, Jessica Eye put an exclamation point on her fight and rivalry with Zoila Gurgel, finishing the fight with a standing head and arm choke, something rarely seen in MMA.

There was also Chan Sung Jung AKA The Korean Zombie putting away Dustin Poirier in their fight at UFC on Fuel, which might also garner some Fight of the Year recognition.

So which submission impressed you the most? Leave your comments below to pick the 2012 Best Submission of the Year in MMA.

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  1. Calf Slicer

  2. Luis Fernandez RNC November 16 wild horse pass casino.

  3. Don’t believe me, look it up on youtube; Luis Fernandez vs Brandon Foss

    • Just watched this. Not even close.

  4. Nate Diaz over Jim Miller (Guillotine) – UFC on FOX 3

  5. TJ Waldburger on Jake Hecht. Said it when it happened, still saying it now. Beautiful technique used.

  6. rhonda rousey..that shitt was nasty..

  7. Nick Newell vs Eric Reynolds

  8. Oliveria should win this hands down.

  9. Wolfgang Janssens reverse flying triangle choke over Aaron Armstrong at Havoc FC.

  10. I would pick Frank Mir subbing big Nog. Anyone who can get big Nog to tap [alittle to late unfortunatly], deserves the award!

    • That was 2011.

  11. Gotta be honest, there wasn’t a submission that stood out in my mind, but I’d give it to Oliveira for the calf slicer if its being awarded.

  12. Nick Newell vs Eric Reynolds…

    • This one gets my vote too. It was such a thing of beauty from such an inspirational individual. I haven’t been that excited to see someone win a fight in a long time.

      Otherwise that neck crank Maia toss on Rick Story was awesome especially the visual of the blood seeping from his nose as Maia wrenched it.

  13. Maia over Story, that was probably the most painful looking submission I’ve seen seen Mir broke Big Nog’s arm

  14. Ronda Rousey only “jumps to the top of the list” because MMA weekly said.

  15. I’m a fan of the D’arce choke so maybe Jung vs Poirier or Poirier vs Brookins.

  16. Charles Oliveira calf slicer on Eric wisley

  17. Ronda is overrated! armbar is not a difficulct sub. Even Davis’ anaconda deserves more

  18. Jeff Rexroad vs. Lucas Pimenta @ Legacy FC 14. Most innovative sub this year.

  19. I think frank mir should take the sub of year over big nog for sure or nick newell the one arm gang taken the strap

  20. Jessica Eye putting the Warrior Princess to sleep!!!