Of all the ways to finish a fight in the UFC, submissions are considered to be a fan favorite, second only to the knockout, and for good reason. They can come out of nowhere, and are perhaps one of the only ways to know you have truly “won” a fight, as your opponent literally gives up.
Whether you like the beauty of a well-executed technical submission or the violence of a bone breaking hold, this list of the top 10 submissions in UFC history will include some that appeal to all preferences.
10. Dustin Hazelett vs. Josh Burkman
Dustin Hazelett is still one of the most technical and crafty submission artists to ever fight in the UFC, it’s just a shame that his stand-up game was never able to develop. This submission appears on this list simply because of the transition that led to it. The armbar Hazelett hit was fairly standard, but his judo throw and transition into it was absolutely gorgeous, making it a solid contender for a higher position on this list. The fact that his opponent, Josh Burkman, is known as being extremely tough and resilient just adds to the impressive nature of this performance by Hazelett.