Last night two free MMA cards took place on live television and one fight on each card graced its viewers with two very rare submissions that really dragged the fans into a great night of fights. UFN 24 saw a “twister” submission which was locked in by Chan Sung Jung last night for the first time in UFC history, and then an “inverted triangle” pulled by Rage in the Cage star’s Richard Hale last night in Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament.

The Korean Zombie and Leonard Garcia played a very safe and technical first round which was very different from their last fight, maybe due to the fact that they both needed a strong UFC win after their lackluster last performances. In the second round it began like the first but as time wound down the scrap began and both fighters tee’d off. When Garcia went in for a head kick Jung executed a faster one and knocked Garcia down then swarmed on him. From mount Jung rained down elbows forcing Garcia to give up his back and Jung secured one hook on the lower leg of Garcia. Going over Garcia’s right arm and forcing it underneath his head a spine crank known as the twister was applied bringing Garcia’s head to the opposite shoulder of the grapevine secured leg.  This resulted in a tap with just 1 second left on the clock and the first ever “twister” in UFC history. The “twister” was made widely popular by Eddie Bravo and tenth planet Jiu Jitsu and is easily accessed on YouTube where Jung credits his success from.

At Bellator 38, Richard Hale was facing a tough wrestler who he outsized, but was not outmatched in strength. Nik Fekete shot early on pushing Hale across the ring in the first round. When Hale tried to sprawl Fekete drove through him and lifted him up over his back and carried him across the cage to set up a slam. While inverted Hale sunk in a “inverted triangle” Toby Imada style and when Fekete dropped to pass Hale adjusted and sunk it in deeper. Hale followed up with rib punches but Fekete was already out. Once the ref realized the submission, Hale was waved off as the winner by technical submission. Usually this submission is pulled by lighter weight fighters due to leverage but it was nice to see it come into play again.

Overall it was a great night of fights and the two technical submissions were the icing on the cake. The fans benefit by technical submissions like this because when one fighter is successful we see the fight game evolve. A good example would be Anderson Silva’s teep kick which has been seen at least 20 times in MMA since he knocked out Vitor Belfort with it. Also since Jones has been landing spinning elbows it has become way more popular in the sport.  Three cheers to the evolution of the game with technical wild strikes and submissions.


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