MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for August: A no-joke guillotine choke

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from August. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for August.

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The Nominees

Bibiano Fernandes def. Andrew Leone at ONE Championship 58

Bibiano Fernandes’ (21-3) latest title defense was his quickest and easiest yet.The ONE Championship bantamweight titleholder needed less than two minutes to submit challenger Andrew Leone (8-3).

After using a knee to drop his 27-year-old American opponent against the cage, Fernandes unloaded punches and ultimately used a first-round rear-naked choke to get the victory.

Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera at UFC Fight Night 114

In the span of a couple minutes, Jordan Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) got dropped and nearly choked by Alvaro Herrera (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), but still walked away with a victory in the lightweight bout.

After using a submission attempt by Herrera against him, Rinaldi locked up a first-round Von Flue choke from the top for just the fourth victory of its kind in UFC history.

Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones at UFC Fight Night 114

Henry Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) hardly had a chance to get in a fight before he was tapping to seasoned grappling ace Rani Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC).

The Brazilian Yahya wasted little time taking Briones to the mat in the bantamweight contest, where he kept trying submissions until he found one that worked, finishing with a kimura in the first round.

Alex Perez def. Kevin Gray at Dana White’s Contender Series 5

Flyweights Alex Perez (18-4) and Kevin Gray (9-4) brought it from the opening bell, and while it lasted just under three minutes, the contest proved entertaining.

The pace was quick to start, though it seemed Perez was the first one to earn respect with his strikes. Gray was content to answer in the pocket until leg kicks started to take their toll, forcing him to change his strategy and look for the takedown. Perez stuffed, latched onto an anaconda choke, and rolled and squeezed until Gray went out.

Fernando Gonzalez def. Brennan Ward at Bellator 182

Fernando Gonzalez (27-14 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) continued to rebound from his lone Bellator loss this past year when he rallied to submit Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) in the third round of their catchweight bout.

After having his offense largely thwarted over the first two rounds by Ward’s mixed game, Gonzalez capitalized on a error by his opponent that allowed him to lock in a guillotine choke for the come-from-behind victory.

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The Winner: Fernando Gonzalez

Ward said during fight week that he could “wrestle(expletive)” anyone on Bellator’s roster if he had to, but preferred to keep things exciting. He switched back and forth between the two theories, but ironically it was the attempt to use his wrestling that cost him.

Gonzalez shocked Ward with a guillotine choke early in the third round after Ward shot for a takedown and got caught in their 178-pound catchweight co-main event. The tap came 62 seconds into the third.

Ward landed a takedown early, then worked ground-and-pound. But true to his word, he let Gonzalez back to his feet. He backed Gonzalez up looking to trade, then blocked a high kick. Ward ate a kick to the stomach, but continued to pressure Gonzalez. Midway through, Ward found himself needing to scoop Gonzalez up and slam him down. But once again, he let him back up to exchange. Gonzalez landed a kick to the body, then two lefts. But Ward answered back and wobbled Gonzalez briefly. With 45 seconds left, Gonzalez again when to the body with a kick, but Ward walked through it.

In the second, Ward again used a pair of takedowns to make sure the round was his and kept Gonzalez stifled. Ward threw heavy hands quickly in the third, but Gonzalez fired back with kicks. But when Ward went for a takedown again, Gonzalez caught his neck and cranked on the ground. It didn’t take long for Ward to tap to the tight guillotine choke, stunning the crowd and sending Gonzalez shooting to his feet in celebration.

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ONE Championship 58 highlights: Watch Brazilians Bibiano Fernandes, Adriano Moraes cruise to title wins in Asia,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5534101478001
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It was smooth sailing this past Saturday for a pair of Brazilian standouts fighting for ONE Championship in Asia.

Champion Bibiano Fernandes (21-3), who’s No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, took less than two minutes to tap out challenger Andrew Leone (8-3) in the ONE Championship 58 main event.

In the co-main event, interim champ Adriano Moraes (16-2) unified the promotion’s flyweight title with a unanimous-decision victory over champion Kairat Akhmetov (20-1), who had been inactive since a November 2015 split-decision title win over Moraes. Not only did Moraes avenge that loss, he handed Akhmetov his first career setback.

“ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors” took place at Cotai Arena in Macau, and streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Also on the main card, lightweight Shannon Wiratchai (8-1) took out Rajinder Singh Meena (8-7) in just 29 seconds after landing a perfect knee to the head. And Hayato Suzuki (17-0-2) finished Joshua Pacio (9-2) with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their strawweight fight.

Check out the highlights from those four fights above, courtesy of Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and an always for some reason angry-sounding Mitch Chilson.

Full ONE Championship 58 results include:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 9 a.m. ET)

  • Champ Bibiano Fernandes def. Andrew Leone via submission (rear-naked choke– Round 1, 1:47 – to defend bantamweight title
  • Adriano Moraes def. Kairat Akhmetov via unanimous decision – to unify flyweight title
  • Timofey Nastyukhin def. Koji Ando via unanimous decision
  • Shannon Wiratchai def. Rajinder Singh Meena via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 0:29
  • Hayato Suzuki def. Joshua Pacio via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:17
  • Kotetsu Boku def. Eric Kelly via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:27
  • Chen Lei def. Saiful Merican via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 3:58

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 a.m. ET)

  • Jomary Torres def. Rika Ishige via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:58
  • Leandro Issa def. Toni Tauru via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:36
  • Magomed Idrisov def. Herbert Burns via unanimous decision
  • Marcin Prachnio def. Gilberto Galvao via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:23
  • Leandro Ataides def. Michal Pasternak via unanimous decision

For more on ONE Championship 58, including a recap of the event, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship champ Bibiano Fernandes, 37, unfazed by younger competition: 'A lot left in the tank'

Throughout his almost 13-year MMA career, Bibiano Fernandes has met a plethora of opponents with different styles, backgrounds and weapons. All of them thought they could win. Five of them were eyeing his ONE Championship crown.

Still, only three were able to beat him. And it’s been six and a half years since that last happened.

With that in mind, one can kind of see why, at 37, bantamweight champ Fernandes (20-3) says he’s not too bothered by the idea of facing a fighter 10 years his junior in challenger Andrew Leone (8-2).

“Experience counts for more,” Fernandes told MMAjunkie. “I train to win. I don’t care if my opponent is young or old, or if he has good or bad stamina. I’m very dedicated. You can put anyone in front of me. Most of my training partners are younger. I’ve never complained.

“Of course, everyone wants to be champion. But I have a lot left in the tank, still.”

Fernandes and Leone headline Saturday’s “ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors” at Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The card streams via online pay-per-view in North America.

Fernandes’ confidence is backed up by numbers. Ranked No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, Fernandes stands at a whopping 19-1 in his past 20 bouts.

The Brazilian champ has defended ONE Championship’s undisputed belt five times, after taking the interim title and unifying it. And he remains one of the biggest 135-pound names in the world, despite the fact he’s never fought for a major U.S. based promotion.

There’s no denying he’s a force. But, after years of finishes and unanimous calls, Fernandes recently saw himself winning in not-so-dominant-fashion. After five rounds against Reece McLaren this past December, Fernandes took a split call for the first time since 2010.

Did Fernandes feel close to losing his majesty, though? Well, even if he did, it doesn’t seem like he dwells on it too much.

“We train hard to get ready, but we never know what will happen in the actual fight,” Fernandes said. “If you watch our fight, I was dominating, but he connected with a cross to my nose on the third round. I took me out of my game for a moment until I could adjust again, and keep on fighting.

“He rocked me a little, that one time, but that was the only thing he did well in the entire fight. I believe he ran a lot and whenever he’d attack, I’d hit him with a counter. He may have broken my nose on the third, but I knocked him down on the fourth. Thankfully I was victorious, and now I’m looking at my next opponent.”

After a brief free-agency period, Fernandes has recently chosen to re-sign with his longtime home at One Championship for another three years. And, as he’d spoken to MMAjunkie about before, he’s absolutely at peace with the idea of being the one who got away for a number of major events.

“I’ll end my career in Asia,” Fernandes said. “It’s my job. It’s what I enjoy. Thankfully, this allows to take care of my family. ONE has grown a lot in Asia, and around the world.

“I did have offers from other promotions, but I’m focused on my family and my future. And ONE’s offer was much more generous.”

For more on ONE Championship 58, check out the MMA Rumorssection of the site.

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ONE Championship scraps July 29 event in Indonesia due to 'logistical issues'

Fans will have to wait a little while longer for the return of ONE Championship, because the promotion has called off its next event.

ONE Championship 57 was scheduled to take place July 29 in Surabaya, Indonesia. The promotion today announced the card has been “postponed until further notice,” though, citing “logistical issues” as the reason behind the decision.

The Asia-based organization has hosted seven events in Indonesia to date, however, all had taken place in Jakarta. The planned event marked the first venture to Surabaya, and it’s unknown what role the location played in the situation.

Prior to the postponement, ONE Championship 57 featured a flyweight championship main event between unbeaten titleholder Kairat Akhmetov (23-0) and challenger Adriano Moraes (15-2). The organization did not reveal when that fight, nor the six others slated for the card, will be rescheduled.

The next ONE Championship event is tapped for Aug. 5 in Macau, China. It featured a bantamweight title main event between champion Bibiano Fernandes (20-3) and Andrew Leone (8-2).

For more on the upcoming ONE Championship schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bantamweight champ Bibiano Fernandes meets Andrew Leone in ONE Championship 58 main event

The lineup is set for ONE Championship’s return to Macau, China, in August, and the bantamweight title will be on the line.

Bibiano Fernandes (20-3) will put his 135-pound belt up for grabs against challenger Andrew Leone (8-2) in the ONE Championship 56 main event, the promotion announced this week.

“ONE Championship 58: Kings & Conquerors” takes place Aug. 5 at Cotai Arena in Macau, China. The card will stream via online pay-per-view in North America.

Brazil’s Fernandes has not lost a fight in six and a half years. He won ONE’s interim bantamweight title in 2013, then unified it with a win over Soo Chul Kim later that year. Since then, he has five successful defenses of the belt.

In May 2014, he took a decision from Masakatsu Ueda. Later that year, he submitted Dae Hwan Kim. In July 2015, he knocked out Toni Tauru. In January 2016, he submitted Kevin Belingon. And this past December, he took a split decision from Reece McLaren, giving him 12 straight wins.

Leone, a New York native who trains in Indonesia, has three straight wins under the ONE Championship banner. He won his only fights in 2013 and 2014 with decisions over Geje Eustaquio and Shinichi Kojima. Then, after nearly two years away, he outpointed Koetsu Okazaki in February 2016 at ONE Championship 39. His fight against Fernandes will be his first in about 18 months.

In addition to the title fight, ONE Championship 58 includes a lightweight fight between Timofey Nastyukhin (10-3) and Koji Ando (12-5-2); featherweights Shannon Wiratchai (7-1) vs. Rob Lisita (14-9); Joshua Pacio (9-1) vs. Hayato Suzuki (16-0-2) at strawweight; Eric Kelly (12-3) vs. Kotetsu Boku (25-11-2) at lightweight; Chen Lei (2-0) vs. Saiful Merican (5-3) at flyweight; Herbert Burns (6-1) vs. Magomed Idrisov (7-1) at featherweight; Rika Ishige (2-0) vs. Jomary Torres (1-0) in a women’s atomweight bout; Leandro Ataides (9-3) vs. Michal Pasternak (12-2) at middleweight; and Marc Marcellinus (0-2) vs. Tran Quang Loc (0-0) at bantamweight.

For more on ONE Championship 58, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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