Another memorable year in mixed martial arts is in the books, so it's time for The MMA Manifesto to hand out its coveted year-end awards. First up: Submission of the Year.
Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The MMA Manifesto, Dave Kelsey – 2011 & 2013 MMA Manifesto Pick 'Em Contest Champion, speeds – Sports Two MMA Forum, and Dan Vreeland from The MMA Manifesto.
Anthony Pettis armbars Benson Henderson
August 31, 2013
Reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson had only been submitted once in a fight, and that was way back in his third career pro fight in 2007. Since that time he had escaped so many submission attempts that his limbs appeared to be made of rubber. Challenger Anthony Pettis had never won by submission in his UFC career, and had last tapped out an opponent back in 2010. Then, in Pettis's hometown of Milwaukee, the unthinkable happened – Pettis armbarred Henderson into submission. With ease. In the first round. Wow.
Others receiving votes:
Kenny Robertson's Suloev stretch kneebar on Brock Jardine – UFC 157
Rose Namajunas flying armbar on Katrina Catron – Invicta FC 5
Next up: Knockout of the Year