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.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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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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For an emotional Jordan Rinaldi, first UFC win meant vindication after tough career setbacks

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MEXICO CITY – Jordan Rinaldi was clearly thrilled after getting his first UFC win on Saturday. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for him to get to it – both during and before the fight.

Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) overcame some early adversity to use Alvaro Herrera’s (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) own submission attempt against him in route to locking in a rare Von Flue choke. The first-round submission, which opened up UFC Fight Night 114 at Mexico City Arena, got Rinaldi back on the winning path he was riding before a UFC debut loss to Abel Trujillo.

But, more than that, it meant some reassurance for the 29-year-old fighter, who admitted to past doubts about his place in MMA during an emotional post-fight chat backstage.

“I’ve had some real fights and some big setbacks,” Rinaldi told MMAjunkie after the lightweight bout, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. “I was distraught a few times when I got knocked out by (James) Moontasri. I got choked out by (Brian) Ortega, I got beat by Ronnie Rogers – who, personally, I think I won.

“But, at that point, after I lost that split decision to (Rogers), I went to the back and bawled my eyes out because I had no idea if this was for me anymore. And it’s just fantastic to finally get that vindication in the cage, in the UFC. I mean, it’s fantastic.”

So what kept him going even when he thought about giving up? Well, in summation, “a whole mass of people.”

“I’ve always had a little bit of a problem with confidence, and the people really rallied around me – my brother, my wife, my team,” Rinaldi said. “They came around and said, ‘You have what it takes. You have the skills. You have the athletic abilities and the drive and everything.’”

It’s been more than three years since the RFA loss to Moontasri. After that, Rinaldo went on a five-fight winning streak that was only stopped by the decision loss to Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88. Now, not only has he bounced back, but he’s done so impressively – with a submission that had only been seen thrice before in the octagon.

In what turned out to be a finish-filled night, the lightweight ended up not scoring a post-fight bonus for his efforts. But at least he’s guaranteed the bragging rights of getting the job done just like he thought he could.

“I told my team before that he would be a sucker for it,” Rinaldi said. “(That) he would die with the guillotine, because he doesn’t go from that often. But any time someone goes to his hips, he goes immediately to the choke. And he hit me hard, and had me – it didn’t feel good.

“When I got to that leg, and he started wrapping that up, I was like, ‘That’s not tight at all.’ And then I knew he had a terrible weigh cut. So I knew that he wouldn’t be able to hold that long. So I just grit my teeth and I said, ‘Hey, we’re going down with this ship.’”

Now, with his first octagon win under his belt, Rinaldi would like to keep the momentum going with a quick turnaround – preferably one that would allow him to visit (and feast with) his relatives for the first time in half a decade.

“If I can get a fight right before Thanksgiving – that New York card (UFC 217 on Nov. 4),” Rinaldi said. “Maybe stay in New York for a little while, train, and then go up to Connecticut, eat a ton of food. (That would) be fantastic.”

To hear more of Rinaldi’s emotional post-fight interview, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Relive all 7 record-tying 1st-round finishes from UFC Fight Night 114

Despite being viewed as one of the weaker cards in the UFC’s stretch of 11 events in 11 weeks, UFC Fight Night 114 made some history.

With seven fights ending in the first round, Saturday’s FS1-televised event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico tied six other UFC events for the most first-round finishes on a single card.

The stoppages came quickly and furiously. Watch all of them below.

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1. Jordan Rinaldi vs. Alvaro Herrera

Result: Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01
Recap: Jordan Rinaldi submits Alvaro Herrera with rare Von Flue choke
Photos: Jordan Rinaldi vs. Alvaro Herrera photos

2. Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez

Result: Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56
Recap: Joseph Morales turns tables on Roberto Sanchez, earns submission win
Photos: Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez photos

3. Rani Yahya vs. Henry Briones

Result: Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:01
Recap: Rani Yahya nearly flawless in submission win over Henry Briones
Photos: Rani Yahya vs. Henry Briones photos

4. Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval

Result: Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:15
Recap: Dustin Ortiz KOs Hector Sandoval in 15 seconds for fastest flyweight win
Photos: Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval photos

5. Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott

Result: Jack Hermansson def. Brad Scott via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50
Recap: Jack Hermansson pounds his way to TKO finish of Brad Scott
Photos: Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott photos

6. Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo

Result: Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 1, 0:26
Recap: Humberto Bandenay stuns Martin Bravo with vicious KO in UFC debut
Photos: Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo photos

7. Niko Price vs. Alan Jouban

Result: Niko Price def. Alan Jouban via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:44
Recap: Niko Price TKOs Alan Jouban in 1st round to stay unbeaten
Photos: Niko Price vs. Alan Jouban photos

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Video: UFC-Mexico's Jordan Rinaldi locks up the 4th Von Flue choke submission in UFC history

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Jordan Rinaldi added himself to the shortlist of fighters to earn a Von Flue choke submission victory inside the octagon on Saturday when he defeated Alvaro Herrera in the UFC Fight Night 114 opener.

Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) made short work of Herrera (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) to lock up the rare choke and join originator Jason Von Flue and light heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux (who did it twice), as the only fighters in UFC history to get such a finish.

Watch a video of Rinaldi’s win below (via Twitter):

Here’s how MMAjunkie described the bout on the play-by-play thread:

Round 1 – Mexico’s own Herrera kicks things off for his home fans. Rinaldi getes to the outside and kicks low. Then he changes levels and feints to the body before trying another low kick. A high kick follows, but Herrera is out of the way. Rinaldi tries to fire off a pair of right hands and blocks a counter. The kicks continue for the American, but Herrera is checking them fairly well. Herrera gets his best offense off 90 seconds in with a pair of punches. But Rinaldi tries to get in for a takedown and Herrera puts him in a little trouble with a solid punch. Herrera gets a choke on, and Rinaldi starts bleeding on the canvas. But Herrera can’t hold it, and Rinaldi moves to the top into side control. He goes after his own choke, and he’s got it. It looks good, and Herrera has to tap to a perfectly done Von Flue choke.

UFC Fight Night 114 took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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UFC Fight Night 114 results: Jordan Rinaldi submits Alvaro Herrera with rare Von Flue choke

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In the span of a couple minutes, Jordan Rinaldi got dropped and nearly choked by Alvaro Herrera, but still walked away with a victory.

After using a submission attempt by Herrera (9-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC) against him, Rinaldi (13-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) locked up a Von Flue choke from the top, forcing Herrera to tap at the 2:01 mark of Round 1. It was just the fourth victory of its kind in UFC history.

The lightweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

Rinaldi’s eagerness to push the action nearly got him in trouble early in this fight. After backing Herrera up against the fence, Rinaldi went charging in and took a looping left hand to the side of the head that buckled his legs.

Herrera attempted to seize the moment by locking up an anaconda choke. While his grip was sound, he fell to his back without his legs in position and soon Rinaldi had passed into the top position.

Herrera might have continued to fight if he’d released the choke then, but he held on, giving Rinaldi the opportunity to lock in a Von Flue choke from the top, pressuring the carotid artery of Herrera with his shoulder until it forced the submission just a little over two minutes into the fight.

The win is Rinaldi’s first in the UFC, bouncing him back from his decision loss to Abel Trujillo in his debut last May. Herrera has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 114 results include:

  • Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

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