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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Sarah Moras got period, turned down shift delivering mail, got big UFC 215 win

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EDMONTON – UFC 215 was an emotional night for Sarah Moras. She returned after a two-year layoff, got her first UFC victory since 2014, and did it all after walking out to a song that her late father loved.

“And then I got my period today, so it’s even more emotional,” Moras said after her preliminary-card fight, which aired on FS1 from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Her first-round submission victory over Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) capped off a tumultuous period filled with doubts, according to Moras (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC). She made her UFC comeback essentially as a part-time job after making ends meet delivering mail in Canada. That meant waking up at four in the morning, working until a little after noon, and then going to train after her work day.

To help her get into fight shape, Moras said, she visited the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. She started a GoFundMe to help defray the cost of that trip, since the UFC provides training but not travel costs.

“I was only there for a week and a half or so, but they gave me a lot of stuff to think about, a lot of stuff to work on, a lot of stuff to bring back home,” Moras said. “… I’m hoping to go back out there and get another plan as soon as I’m done here so I can stay in shape.”

As for how she’ll pay for that, and whether it will involve more early mornings delivering mail, that may depend on the UFC. Moras said she was hoping to get a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus, which would make a significant difference in her financial future, perhaps even making her part-time job as an MMA fighter into a full-time one.

“My boss (as Canada Post) actually messaged me while I was cutting weight, asking if I could work next week,” Moras said. “I was like, ‘I’m going to go with no for now.’”

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

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Sarah Moras pulls off a submission so gross Daniel Cormier doesn't even want to see it again

Sarah Moras may have been a significant underdog coming into her UFC 215 fight with Ashlee Evans-Smith, but she pulled off a first-round submission win that seemed to surprise even herself – while totally grossing out commentator and UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier.

After getting taken down quickly by Evans-Smith (5-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC), Moras (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) rebounded just as quickly, locking up the armbar from her back and continually adjusting until she flipped Evans-Smith onto her back and extended the arm.

That’s when things got a little icky, as Moras straightened the arm and Evans-Smith tried to break the grip with her leg. Before she could, her right arm bent in the wrong direction, prompted a quick tap and a stoppage (via Twitter):

The sight was unpleasant enough that even a professional tough guy like Cormier didn’t want to sit through it again. After the slow-motion replay confirmed the sudden give in Evans-Smith’s arm, Cormier confided to his broadcast partner Joe Rogan that he had to avert his eyes for that one.

“I didn’t want to see it,” Cormier said. “I looked away, Joe. I can’t even watch it.”

When informed during her post-fight interview that she’d likely dislocated her opponent’s arm, Moras was less queasy about it.

“Ah, I hope so,” she said.

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

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UFC 215 results: Sarah Moras cranks Ashlee Evans-Smith's arm for first-round win

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 gutsy first-round submission.

The strawweight bout was part of today’s UFC 215 prelims, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on FS1.

The action started quickly, and the two immediately worked into a clinch, where Evans-Smith scored a takedown and moved quickly to side control. Moras swiftly regained guard and then showed incredible flexibility with her legs by bending her way into an armbar attempt. Evans-Smith put her foot on her opponent’s neck as she tried to work her way free, but Moras was in fantastic position and 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 at the 2:51 mark of the first.

Moras improves to 3-1 in her past four fights, while Evans-Smith has now dropped back-to-back fights for the first time in her professinal career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 215 results include:

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

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UFC 216 in Edmonton gets Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis, Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith

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UFC 216, which marks the UFC’s return to Canada, has two new bouts.

They include former flyweight title challengers Henry Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Wilson Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and female bantamweights Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), officials announced via TSN.ca.

UFC 216 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the lineup hasn’t been finalized.

Cejudo is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, and Reis is No. 7. Neither female fighter is ranked.

Cejudo, a 30-year-old Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, won his first 10 pro MMA bouts, which included UFC victories over Dustin Kimura, Chris Cariaso, Chico Camus and Jussier Formiga – all via decision. He then suffered a title loss to champ Demetrious Johnson via TKO, and in his most recent bout, he suffered a narrow split-decision defeat to Joseph Benavidez after a costly one-point deduction for low blows.

He takes on Reis, who went on a 5-1 run to earn a title shot against Johnson in April. However, the 32-year-old Brazilian fighter, jiu-jitsu specialist and former EliteXC champ suffered a submission loss in that UFC on FOX 24 championship headliner.

Meanwhile, Moras, a 29-year-old Canadian, fights for the first time in two years. She made her UFC in 2014 and posted a decision victory over Alexis Dufresne but suffered a decision defeat to Jessica Andrade in 2015. It remains her most recent bout due to injuries.

She takes on Evans-Smith, a 29-year-old who had posted back-to-back wins over Marion Reneau and Veronica Macedo. However, in her most recent appearance, she suffered a decision defeat to Ketlen Vieira.

The latest UFC 216 card includes:

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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