MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for July: One of the prettiest transitions you'll see in MMA

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

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The nominees

Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima at TUF 25 Finale

After going to a decision in nine consecutive fights to open her pro career, Tecia Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) finally picked up her first stoppage win when she choked out durable Brazilian Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC)

Torres became the first to tap Lima when she found a way to her opponent’s back early in the second round of the women’s strawweight bout. She secured a rear-naked choke moments later, earning a win without the help of the judges for the first time (via Instagram):

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Jimmy Flick def. Johnny Bedford at LFA 16

UFC veteran Johnny Bedford (23-13-1) was a 5-1 favorite heading into his bantamweight main event, and it made Jimmy Flick’s (10-3) third-round submission win all the sweeter.

Flick, who closed as a +350 underdog to -500 favorite Bedford at the sports books, picked up arguably the biggest win of his career. He threw out a number of submission attempts, and it was finally a D’Arce choke that stuck for the finish (via Twitter):

Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher at UFC on FOX 25

After picking up a surprising and quick submission win in his UFC debut earlier this year, Brian Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) experienced the other side of the coin when he tapped out early in the first frame of his fight with Marlon Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

In a grappling exchange in the bantamweight bout, Vera transitioned to a slick armbar, which forced Kelleher to tap out, giving Vera his third consecutive victory (via Twitter):

Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25

Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) won’t back down. The former UFC middleweight champion survived a knockdown from Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the opening frame before taking over on the mat, securing an arm triangle at the 3:45 mark of Round 3.

Weidman snapped a three-fight losing skid that had many MMA observers doubting whether he’d be able to keep his UFC job, let alone return to championship form. He did so by becoming the first to stop Gastelum inside the distance (via Instagram):

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Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano at UFC 214

Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Renato Moicano (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) were nearly two-and-a-half rounds into a striking war that cageside fans could hear as well as they could see. Then Moicano made the questionable decision to take down Ortega in the featherweight fight.

It played right into Ortega’s submission strengths as Moicano inadvertently stuck his neck into a guillotine choke that Ortega squeezed for the finish, forcing the tap at the 2:59 mark of Round 3 (via Twitter):

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The winner: Marlon Vera

Marlon Vera

It started out looking like a run-of-the-mill submission defense by Vera, who trapped Kelleher’s arm to stop the single-leg takedown early in the opening round.

It turned into much more.

When Kelleher tried to give up on the takedown, Vera stuck with the kimura trap, using it to transition into a slick armbar that forced the submission at the 2:18 mark of Round 1.

The transition to the armbar was about as smooth a submission as you’re likely to see, and it clearly caught Kelleher off-guard. He started off well, moving to an early takedown attempt with Vera pressed against the cage.

But when Vera reached down to snag Kelleher’s arm in a kimura, it halted Kelleher’s hopes for a takedown and forced him to bail on the move. When he went to back out of the single-leg takedown, however, Vera clamped down harder on his arm, using it to spin him around before spinning himself right into position for the armbar.

Kelleher tried to get his arm back, but by that point, it was too late. Vera already had the limb extended and showed no indication that he was willing to give it back.

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LFA 16/AXS TV video: Levi Mowles, Miles Johns geared up for tonight's co-main event

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A pair of bantamweight prospects will throw down in tonight’s LFA 16 co-main event, and there’s been a little heat between the two camps.

But Miles Johns (3-0) and Levi Mowles (6-2) have been nothing but cordial to each other in the buildup to their fight, regardless of the rivalry between their two gyms.

“Talent recognizes talent,” Mowles said. “No bad blood against him at all. He’s a good person and a pretty stand-up guy, from what I hear.”

Mowles said the trash talk on social media surrounding their fight was never between the two of them – it was fans and team members. Johns said he’s ready to settle everything in the cage tonight, since he believes both of them will get in each other’s faces.

LFA 16 takes place at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The main card airs live on AXS TV.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Mowles and Johns to talk about the co-main event. Check out the video above to hear from them.

And for more on LFA 16, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 16/AXS TV video: Johnny Bedford finally fights in front of home Dallas fans again

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Johnny Bedford is no stranger to Texas fights, but it sure has been a while since he’s been in one.

The UFC veteran and longtime Texas resident hasn’t had a chance to fight in front of fans in the Dallas-Forth Worth area since a Bellator 19 win over Jared Lopez in May 2010. Not long after that, Bedford found himself in the UFC and the way things worked out, he was fighting in Las Vegas and New Jersey, Brazil and Abu Dhabi, but not Dallas. He did get to throw down a few hours away in San Antonio in the UFC.

But what he’s really been itching for is a chance to scrap in Dallas. Tonight, he Bedford (23-12-1) gets that opportunity against Jimmy Flick (9-3) in the LFA 16 main event at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The main card airs live on AXS TV.

Bedford and Flick moved up the card to the headlining spot when visa issues kept Davina Maciel out of the country, and out of her title fight against women’s flyweight champ Andrea Lee.

The 34-year-old Bedford, fighting out of nearby Fort Worth, was let loose from the UFC on a three-fight skid in 2014. But since then, he has four consecutive stoppage wins. And after cornering plenty of fighters from his gym in Legacy FC (now LFA) shows, he finally gets to compete in one himself.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Bedford to talk about fighting at home and the opportunity he has against Flick, whom he’s met before in a grappling bout.

Check out the video above to hear from Bedford.

And for more on LFA 16, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Andrea Lee vs. Davina Maciel headlines LFA 16 in Dallas

History will take place at LFA 16 with the first title defense since the promotion debuted in January.

Women’s flyweight champion Andrea Lee will take on Davina Maciel in the headliner of the AXS TV-televised event July 16 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas.

Lee (7-2) will enter the bout on a three-fight winning streak and make her return to LFA after one fight away. “KGB” won the inaugural title in February when she submitted Heather Bassett with an armbar at LFA 4. Lee’s most recent bout took place in Invicta FC, winning a split decision over Liz Tracy in May at Invicta FC 23.

Maciel (6-1) will make her LFA debut also riding a three-fight winning streak after an armbar submission in April under the Extreme Warriors International banner. Four of Maciel’s six victories have come by way stoppage during her 12-year professional career.

The LFA 16 card includes:

  • Champ Andrea Lee vs. Davina Maciel – for women’s flyweight title
  • Steven Peterson vs. Angel Huerta
  • Johnny Bedford vs. Jimmy Flick
  • Damon Jackson vs. Eliazar Rodriguez
  • Miles Johns vs. Levi Mowles

For more on LFA 16, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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