MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for September: Another Von Flue for you

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

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The Nominees

Michael Prazeres def. Mads Burnell at UFC Fight Night 115

Although the victory was marred by a failed trip to the scales, Michel Prazeres (23-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) did pick up a nice submission win over octagon newcomer Mads Burnell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

In the final round of the welterweight bout, Prazeres muscled the fight to the floor and spun to position for a north-south choke. He locked it in to become the first fighter in UFC history to earn multiple wins with the technique.

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Sarah Moras def. Ashlee-Evans Smith at UFC 215

After more than two years away from the octagon, unheralded underdog Sarah Moras (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) shocked Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) with a first-round submission in their women’s bantamweight bout.

Once Moras positioned herself for an armbar, she refused to let go of the limb. Evans-Smith tried desperately to work free, but Moras rolled and adjusted and stuck with the hold until she flipped her opponent to her back and cranked the arm to get the tap.

Ketlen Vieira def. Sara McMann at UFC 215

Undefeated Brazilian contender Ketlen Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) earned the biggest win of her career, scoring a gutsy submission win over former women’s bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC).

After surviving a storm in the opening round, Vieira managed to get a takedown and top position on Olympic medalist McMann in the second frame. Vieira worked into an arm-triangle choke on the left side, squeezing and somehow earning the tap despite being unable to clear McMann’s half-guard.

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Rafael dos Anjos def. Neil Magny at UFC 215

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) may soon find himself challenging for a welterweight belt following an impressive first-round finish of Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC).

Dos Anjos picked up his first submission win in more than five years when he established top position early in the first round and went to work. He sliced through Magny’s defense and locked in an arm-triangle choke. Magny initially relented, but eventually the squeeze from the Brazilian was too much, and he was forced to give up.

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Ovince Saint Preux def. Yushin Okami at UFC Fight Night 117

Ovince Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) was successful in his fifth UFC main event when he defeated short-notice opponent Yushin Okami (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) with his specialty submission in the opening round.

Saint Preux made the most of his advantages, using his size and strength to capitalize on an Okami mistake. He locked in a Von Flue choke to end the light heavyweight bout, finishing a fight in the octagon with the technique for the third time.

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The Winner: Ovince Saint Preux

Just call him “Ovince Saint Flue” at this point.

Saint Preux finished Okami with a Von Flue choke quickly in the first round of the UFC-Japan headliner. It was Saint Preux’s third Von Flue choke in the UFC and second straight – and there have been only five of those finishes in UFC history.

Okami shot for a takedown in the first few seconds, but Saint Preux stuffed it and got on top in half-guard. The fight was basically over as soon as Okami shot for that takedown.

Saint Preux wrapped Okami’s neck up and tried to step over to full mount. He couldn’t get there and settled back into half-guard to try to work ground-and-pound from up top. Saint Preux went to work for his Von Flue choke – and he got it. Okami never had an opportunity to tap. He was out cold.

Saint Preux said he’ll keep working to get back to a light heavyweight title shot, which he had in 2016 for the interim belt against Jon Jones.

“I pretty much knew the choke was there when he put his hand around my head and I basically trapped his glove,” Saint Preux said. “After that, it was just waiting for him to pass out.

“Pretty much, I have to keep on doing what I’m doing tonight and get ready for another fight (if I want another title shot).”


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After upsetting Olympian Sara McMann, is Ketlen Vieira ready for a UFC title shot?


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Ketlen Vieira now has a trio of UFC wins, and the latest was a biggie. Does a title shot make sense next?

It’s the question Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who was sporting a grapefruit-sized bump on her forehead, was forced to ponder after upsetting 2-1 favorite Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC 215.

In an FS1-televised preliminary-card bout at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Vieira survived a dicey first round before pulling off a slick fight-ending submission in the second round.

Vieira now has three straight UFC wins, which included decision victories over Kelly Faszholz and Ashlee Evans-Smith. But a submission of an Olympic medalist – one ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings and No. 6 in the UFC rankings? That could certainly open some doors.

“I trained very hard for everything – on the top, on the ground, standup,” Vieira said through interpreter and coach Andre “Dede” Pederneiras. “But when she put me down, I felt that she was very strong. I tried some submissions, but she defended very well.”

Vieira, though, knows that if she can get through the first round, she can probably beat anyone. After training with male fighters and focusing on conditioning, the 26-year-old Brazilian said the later rounds are where she usually shines.

She also takes pride in her durability, which came in handy when her forehead started swelling mid-fight because of some McMann elbows. A lot of fighters would tap out or look for a way out.

“But I’m not like those girls,” she said.

So, what’s next?

Vieira said she’ll leave that up to her camp. Thankfully, her trainer happened to be sitting right next to her.

With a win over McMann, Vieira eliminated many of the possibilities if she’s going to take another step up in competition. Pederneiras clearly understands that.

“I think (after) one more fight, she’s ready to fight for the title,” he said. “I think so.

“But if you (book her for a title fight), for sure. … In my mind, she’s prepared to fight for the title right now.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 215 results: Ketlen Vieira first survives, then submits Sara McMann

Undefeated Brazilian contender Ketlen Vieira (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) earned the biggest win of her career, scoring a gutsy submission win over Sara McMann (11-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in impressive fashion.

The women’s bantamweight bout closed out today’s UFC 215 prelims, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on FS1.

The two fighters traded punches to start, but McMann wasted little time shooting inside and looking to get the action to the floor. Vieira showed solid defense in her initial effort, but McMann continued to press until she did score the takedown, quickly settling into her opponent’s guard. Working from top position, McMann dropped several powerful elbows on to her opponent’s face, while Vieira tried unsuccessfully to control the arms and set up a potential submission. Instead, it was McMann who advanced quickly to half-guard and then the full variety before rifling off punches to the face. Vieira alertly countered with a slick transition and briefly threatened McMann’s left leg, but the bell sounded before she could earn a finish.

McMann seemed to strike a bit more to start the second before shooting in for another takedown. However, Vieira was up to the challenge and actually landed a series of damaging punches and elbows as she sprawled. McMann continued to look for the takedown in tight quarters, but Vieira defended well and then surprised with a quick, powerful takedown of her own that saw her fall immediately past the right leg. From the top, Vieira worked deftly into an arm-triangle choke on the left side, torquing and angling the squeeze and somehow earning the tap at the 4:16 mark despite being unable to clear McMann’s half-guard.

“Fenomeno” remains unbeaten and is now 3-0 in the UFC. McMann sees a three-fight winning streak snapped.

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For more on UFC 215, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 215's Ketlen Vieira confident but level-headed ahead of 'golden opportunity' vs. Sara McMann

Ketlen Vieira has only had two UFC bouts to date, but they looked impressive enough to earn her one high-profile matchup.

As she prepares to meet former title challenger Sara McMann (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at this Saturday’s UFC 215, the 26-year-old Vieira has every reason to be happy with her current status. She’s undefeated. She’s come a long way but still sees progress ahead. She’s had the proper time and conditions to prepare for the dangerous McMann.

“(McMann) is very experienced,” Vieira told MMAjunkie in her native Portuguese. “But I’m very confident. I’ve been training hard, and I’m very satisfied with my results thus far. I’ve been able to evolve with each fight, and I plan on keeping that going.”

There’s no doubt that Vieira carries some self-assurance into the women’s bantamweight bout at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In fact, she’s had that attitude since even before the back-to-back octagon wins over Ashlee Evans-Smith and Kelly Faszholz.

But, at the same time, Vieira won’t let her confidence turn into bravado – at least not now, faced with her biggest challenge to date.

In addition to carrying an Olympic silver medal, McMann remains one of the biggest names on the UFC’s women’s 135-pound roster. In fact, her only career losses have come to people who’ve held UFC belts: Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and current champ Amanda Nunes.

Considering that she and her Nova Uniao team reviewed McMann’s fights multiple times, Vieira is well aware of all of that. She knows that McMann can strike, grapple and, of course, wrestle. Which is precisely why her training has been so focused and relentless.

“It’s going to be a very tough fight, but I see it as a golden opportunity for myself,” Vieira said. “I have to take this fight with Sara and give it my all, give it my best. I have all the will to win. I don’t know if I’m going to come out victorious – this, only God can tell. But everything I can do inside the octagon to come out victorious, I will.”

Currently ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, McMann has been making her case for another stab at bantamweight gold since a first-round submission win over Gina Mazany this past February pushed her current winning streak to three fights.

If she beats No. 15 Vieira, that may very well be in the horizon for her. As for the Brazilian up-and-comer’s future should she be the one walking away victorious? Well, let’s just say her short UFC run has taught her to keep her requests modest.

“After – and if – I get past this fight, I’ll think about the next step,” Vieira said. “I have two UFC fights and, for these two fights, I asked for opponents. The UFC didn’t give me any of them. They always put people against whom they want.

“So I won’t call anyone out because it’s not effective. Whomever they choose, I just hope they give me enough time so I can get ready and be prepared.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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