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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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for August: A kick that earned a UFC contract

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

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The Nominees

Julian Marquez def. Phil Hawes at Dana White’s Contender Series 4

Julian Marquez (6-1) earned his way into the UFC with a crushing knockout of Phil Hawes (4-2) at the Dana White’s Contender Series 4 event.

After an opening round in which both men had some shining moments, Marquez took over in the second, walking forward with strikes and wobbling Hawes before finishing him off with a vicious high kick.

Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval at UFC Fight Night 114

In less time than it takes most people to tie their shoes, Dustin Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) put Hector Sandoval (14-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) to sleep with an offensive outburst as swift as it was brutal.

A counter right hand from Ortiz put Sandoval on his heels, and the followup put him away just 15 seconds into the fight, giving Ortiz the fastest finish in UFC flyweight history.

Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo at UFC Fight Night 114

Humberto Bandenay (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made his UFC debut as a heavy underdog against Martin Bravo (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), but he needed only two kicks and 26 seconds to prove the oddsmakers wrong.

A head kick from Bandenay knocked Bravo out cold in the opening minute of the fight. It gave Bravo his first professional loss in a violent upset finish.

Mike Rodriguez def. Jamelle Jones at Dana White’s Contender Series 5

After a cautious start, Jamelle Jones (7-5) was forced to move in and out of range against a taller Mike Rodriguez (9-2). He eventually shot for a takedown that didn’t materialize.

Confident on his feet, Rodriguez launched a flying knee that landed flush, sending Jones to the floor. A few more punches sealed the result, giving Rodriguez a highlight-reel finish and a UFC contract.

Martin Nguyen def. Marat Gafurov via punches at ONE Championship 59

A perfect counter by Martin Nguyen (9-1) ended the undefeated run of Marat Gafurov (15-1), and ONE Championship got a new featherweight champion in the process.

Nguyen saw himself in a rough spot early, but a low kick by Gafurov paved the way for a massive overhand that had the now-ex-champ landing face down on the mat for the brutal stoppage.

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The Winner: Julian Marquez

Marquez ended Dana White’s Contender Series 4 with a bang, laying out Jon Jones training partner Hawes with a head kick to cap off the show.

The fight was over at the 2:20 mark of the second round, when Hawes dropped limp to the canvas with a scary thud.

“I was tired,” Marquez admitted after the fight. “The weight cut yesterday was pretty rough, but I just knew he was going to keep coming. I just knew if I weathered the storm, he would leave an opening, which he did.”

Hawes’ early drive to take the fight down to the mat may have sapped his energy reserves. Marquez proved a tough challenge to take down, and when he hit the mat, he escaped bad positions and returned to his feet. A guillotine attempt had Hawes scrambling not to tap.

At the start of the second round, Marquez landed a combination that badly hurt Hawes and put him on autopilot. A sloppy takedown attempt put Marquez on top, and when Hawes finally managed to escape, he was ready.

The head kick was perfectly timed and provided a highlight-reel finish that brought a UFC contract to Marquez.

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DWCS 5 contract winner Alex Perez proud he took no shortcuts to make it to the UFC

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LAS VEGAS – After paying his dues for more than six years in the sport, Alex Perez finally has made it to the pinnacle.

Tuesday night, Perez (18-4) turned out Kevin Gray’s (9-4) lights with an anaconda choke in the first round of their flyweight fight at Dana White’s Contender Series 5 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The win, streamed live on UFC Fight Pass, got Perez one of two UFC contracts haded out by the UFC president at the weekly event.

“(It’s) overwhelming,” Perez told MMAjunkie after learning his win got him into the UFC. “I worked so hard. I turned pro when I was 18, and it’s been a long time coming. I’m 18-4 now, and I’m in the UFC. I can’t wait.

“(I thought about being in the UFC) all the time. I was close one time to making it to ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ … At that point, I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I’m going to have a chance again.’ My coaches and teammates and manager and family were like, ‘Give this another run. … You’ll eventually get there.’”

And get there, Perez now has. The 25-year-old Californian has some high-level experience on the regional circuit, including 13 bouts for Tachi Palace Fights and wins under the RFA and CFFC banners. The latter two have come during his current five-fight winning streak over the past year.

Perez now hopes his 22 fights as a pro will pay off in the UFC, especially since most fighters come to the promotion with a lot less cage experience than that.

“I wouldn’t say I’ve seen everything, but I’ve seen a lot,” Perez said. “A lot of people take it for granted. They go on ‘TUF’ or get a couple shortcuts, and (getting to the UFC means) nothing to them. But no one can ever take this away from me. I worked my ass off for this. I put my time, my sweat, my tears into everything I had. I worked 100 percent for it, and I was given no shortcuts.”

For more from Perez after his technical submission win over Gray, check out the video above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 5, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Alex Perez, Chidi Njokuani, Al Bernstein, Mike Piranio, Kevin Iole

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Alex Perez, Chidi Njokuani, Al Bernstein, Mike Piranio and Kevin Iole.

Perez is coming off a submission win over Kevin Gray on Tuesday night to earn a UFC contract at Dana White’s Contender Series 5. He’ll be in the studio to talk about his win and his future. Njokuani takes on former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 182 on Aug. 25 in New York and will visit the studio, as well.

Boxing Hall of Famer and Showtime Sports analyst Bernstein will call in to talk about the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. He’ll be on the mic for that event. Piranio, the Race & Sports Book director at Mandalay Bay, will stop by the studio to talk about the money coming in on that fight. And veteran combat sports journalist Iole will co-host the show in the studio.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2507 with UFC vet and analyst Yves Edwards

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guest Yves Edwards.

UFC veteran and current FOX Sports and UFC analyst Edwards co-hosted the episode in the studio. He discussed different aspects of his fighting career, his broadcast career and helped the hosts discuss the latest MMA news.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Video: Watch Dana White's Contender Series 5 winners wait to hear if they're in the UFC

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LAS VEGAS – Tuesday night, five more fighters picked up wins at Dana White’s Contender Series – and then had to deal with the nervous wait to find out if their victories were good enough to earn UFC contracts.

Each Tuesday during the weekly UFC Fight Pass-streamed event series, five fights take place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. They feature UFC hopefuls – with both up-and-comers and veterans hoping to hold on to the dream. But not everyone is guaranteed a contract, even with a victory.

On Tuesday, at Dana White’s Contender Series 5, five winners – Julio Arce, Shelton Graves, Alex Perez, Mike Rodriguez and Ricky Simon – gathered backstage to await their fates, and MMAjunkie was there to capture the anxiety-filled moments and eventual verdicts.

This week’s edition of “The Wait” featured some loose moments from Rodriguez, who talked about spending his $10,000 fight and win bonus on a beach vacation, and Julio Arce, who wanted to make sure someone got a picture of him with his four fellow winners to commemorate the occasion. But Simon was stoic and Perez quietly hopeful. And when the call didn’t come for Graves, his girlfriend joined him backstage to help start the cheering-up process.

Ultimately, the call did come for Perez and Rodriguez, who got first-round stoppage wins and impressed White enough to earn UFC contracts.

Check out the backstage video footage above.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 5, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Dana White's Contender Series 5 results: Mike Rodriguez, Alex Perez score UFC deals

Another two fighters punched their ticket to the UFC, including light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez (9-2), who scored a devastating knockout victory over Jamelle Jones (7-5).

The contest served as the final bout of Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 5 event, which took place in las Vegas at The Ultimate Fighter Gym and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

The two were cautious to start, feeling each other out on the feet while seeking angles. Jones was forced to move in and out of range against a taller foe, eventually shooting for a takedown that didn’t materialize.

Once confident on his feet, Rodriguez launched a flying knee that landed flush, sending Jones to the floor. A few more punches on the floor sealed the result, though the finish was never in question.

In the night’s co-feature, Julio Arce (13-2) proved rugged in battling through some flashy attacks from Peter Petties (5-3) before earning a second-round TKO finish.

Petties was light on his feet to start, firing off big punches and flashing quick kicks before Arce pushed in to close the distance. Petties worked hard to battle off the cage, though Arce did a solid job of controlling the wrists and preventing much offense. They briefly reset in the center before Petties looked for his own clinch attack, though his best offense scored when they split again.

Arce began to press a bit more on the feet in the second, finding some success with powerful strikes. Petties looked to cover and return fire, but he absorbed several huge shots in the process. Clearly wobbled, Petties searched for options but eventually stumbled to the floor. He tried to clear his head, but Arce kept the pressure high and eventually landed enough for the TKO finish.

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 on to an anaconda choke, and rolled and squeezed until Gray went out at the 2:54 mark of the first, earning Perez the second of two UFC deals issued.

In a thrilling bantamweight matchup, Ricky Simon (10-1) picked up a hard-fought split-decision win over Donavon Frelow (6-3).

Frelow was aggressive from the start, leaping forward with flying knees and reaching punches as he looked to push the action. Simon battled back with an early takedown, though Frelow moved quickly back to his feet, where the two battled inside. Simon continued to look for takedowns as the round played out, while Frelow countered by looking for guillotine chokes, then standing when they weren’t there.

The pace remained high in the second, with Frelow enjoying some early success with his strikes. However, Simon continued to rely on the takedown to counter and score points of his own. That said, he struggled to keep the position, and Frelow capitalized with more strikes in their time on the feet.

The two stood toe-to-toe in the third, with both men landing flush in the pocket. Both men teed off with big shots in a rousing battle before Simon took it down again and controlled the positioning until the end. It was enough for Simon to take the bout, albeit by split decision.

In a heavyweight clash to start the night, Shelton Graves (7-3) picked up a third-round TKO finish of a seemingly overmatched Everett Sims (4-1).

In a bout that dragged on longer than it should have, Graves took the fight to the floor repeatedly with relative ease and punched away as he tried to end the fight. Unfortunately, his power was lacking, allowing Sims to absorb some 172 blows (over just nine he landed) before the merciful end of the contest at the 2:20 mark of the final frame.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 5, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC veteran, analyst Yves Edwards

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Yves Edwards.

Former UFC fighter Edwards will co-host the show in the studio in Las Vegas. He’s in town to do commentary work at tonight’s Dan White’s Contender Series 5 event on UFC Fight Pass at The Ultimate Fighter Gym. He’ll also help us talk about the latest MMA news and discuss his role as an analyst for FOX Sports.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Dana White's Contender Series 5 lineup revealed, with Mike Rodriguez vs. Jamelle Jones

The lineup for the fifth edition of Dana White’s Contender Series is set.

UFC officials on Tuesday revealed the five fights that will be featured at Dana White’s Contender Series 5, which takes place Aug. 8 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

The featured bout takes place in the light heavyweight division with Mike Rodriguez (7-2) vs. Jamelle Jones (7-4).

Additional matchups include Julio Arce (11-2) vs. Peter Petties (5-2) at featherweight, Alex Perez (17-4) vs. Kevin Gray (9-3) at flyweight, Donavan Frelow (6-2) vs. Ricky Simon (9-1) at bantamweight, and Shelton Graves (5-3) vs. Everett Sims (3-0) at heavyweight.

The main event features two fighters trending in different directions. Rodriguez has won five of his past six fights, including back-to-back victories. Jones, meanwhile, has dropped two of his past three after a four-fight winning streak.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 5, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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