Best of Canada 2013: Submission of the Year
There were quite a few submissions in 2013 that were nominated for Best Submission by a Canadian in 2013. We even had a gogoplata! However, the three that stood out were the ones that came on bigger stages.
These three stood out from the pack as the Top 3.
Top MMA News Top 3 Submission in 2013
1. Luke Harris vs. Jason Zentgraf
When Luke Harris versus Jason Zentgraf was announced for MFC 37, fans and pundits alike salivated at the thought of a ground duel between these two BJJ wizards. Both men had finished 100% of their wins via submission and most of them in the first rounds. What no one expected was for one man to take the other completely to school, but that’s exactly what Harris did. Watch the video HERE as Zentgraf attempts a head kick but Harris blocks it, closes the distance, gets an over under gable grip and lands a sweet hip toss. Harris uses a scarf hold to control his opponent then fakes a step over for an arm lock and when Zentgraf bites, Luke cinches in an arm triangle neck crank combo that forces Jason to tap out for dear life. The fluidity from hip toss to control to submission is so slick that it’s sheer beauty earned the Hayabusa Training Centre fighter top honours as Canada’s Top Submission of 2013.
2. Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura
Just like our number one submission of the year, this was meeting between two submission wizards – Mitch Gagnon, one of Canada’s best Bantamweights with one of top neck squeezes in the business, against Dustin Kimura, a Gracie trained fighter that loved to tap out his opponents. Gagnon had earned all 10 of his wins by way of submission and the Hawaiian had a tap rate of 80%, this was truly to be a display of grappling wizardry. Early on the Sudbury native pressed the action finding his distance well and countering Kimura’s striking offence while bloodying his nose. Mitch started to work his kicks but was caught by a left hook to the body that hurt him, when Kimura moved in Gagnon landed the double leg. Dustin is able to make it back to his feet but Gagnon is chasing him down landing big hooks to the head and body causing Kimura to dive in for the takedown, the exact wrong spot he wanted to be as The Team Shredder product squeezes his pythons around Dustin’s neck while pulling guard and stretching the body out. To make matters worse for Kimura Mitch rolls on top with the guillotine in full effect chocking Dustin completely unconscious and putting the first blemish on Kimura’s record. By submitting the submission specialist Gagnon earns second spot in Canada’s best submission of 2013.
3. Ryan Ford vs. Michael Hill
When the Real Deal steps into the cage, they expect one of the most aggressive Canadian fighters to tear through all opposition. When it hits the mat, the Ryan Ford army collectively holds their breath as jiu jitsu has been Ford’s kryptonite and has resulted in the majority of his losses. Ford’s last bout was against Michael Hill for the AFC Welterweight title and after breaking his forearm in the first round, Ford had to slow down his usual fast pace. In the championship bouts final round, it was Ford who took things to the mat by dragging his opponent down, taking Hill’s back while trapping one arm with his leg, and slapping on a Rear Naked Choke for the tapout – WITH A BROKEN ARM. For his efforts, Ford took home a shiny belt and Canada’s third best sub of 2013.
- Alexis Davis finishing off her Invicta 4 Fight of the Night with Shayna Baszler with a Rear Naked Choke.
- Curtis Brigham winning the AFC Bantamweight title with an Arm Bar on Mike Adams.
- Clay Davidson for his Guillotine on Cody Krahn after Krahn busted him up big time.
- Andrew McInnes nailed a Gogoplata in less than a minute and a half.
- Dylan Mercer slapping an Anaconda on Robin Smith at ECC.
- Ryan Machan trapping Nathan Gunn in a Triangle at XFFC.
- Michael Davis retained his Unified Flyweight title by putting Michael Banin to sleep.