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Most Popular UFC Submissions of All Time

January 15, 2014

Amazing Graphic Analysis of all Subs from UFC 1 through UFC 168

Ever wonder what submissions are the most commonly used in the UFC? MMA.tv forum member Tycho did, so he counted them, and here are the results graphically illustrated.

Tycho explains his methodology:
I counted all these manually by looking through records from Sherdog and Wikipedia. I counted and added and graphed them using excel. When I had video footage available, which was often, I would view the submission, especially if it seemed weird somehow. I usually try to fit a submission into an existing category, unless it seems significantly different. An armbar from guard and an armbar from mount are the same. I didn't originally want to list "Triangle Armbar" as a submission but it turns out they are fairly common. Because I do not take from the records verbatim, this is an interpretative study, and hence almost certainly contains errors. So don't take this as 100% accurate.

What is a submission?
A submission is a way to finish a fight without strikes. Techniques are from BJJ, Judo, and other grappling disciplines. Tapping to strikes, injury, fatigue or frustration are not submissions. "Technical submissions" as stopped by refs are counted. Submissions are, where possible, counted even if the official result was later overturned to NC, though I can't be sure I caught all of these.

Submissions are listed on the pie graph if they comprise at least 10% of subs from that time period. Otherwise they are listed in "Other".