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Fan Perspective: Top 5 Most Humiliating Submissions (And How to Avoid Them)

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Most people would argue that it’s worse to tap out than it is to get knocked out. No one really judges you for losing consciousness from blunt force trauma. Submitting, however, is much worse. People will debate how you could have escaped and how “deep” the sub was in. Unlike the involuntary loss of your cognitive function being submitted is a conscious decision, it’s giving up and no one likes to do it. Even worse there are different kinds of submissions and some of them just hurt to tap to more than others. Here’s the top 4 most humiliating submissions to have to tap to.

5. The Omoplata  


Being on your knees and face down while the tendons and ligaments in your gleno-humeral joint (the most unstable joint in the body) threaten to snap is bad enough. So how do you make that worse? The guy doing it to you could be solving a mid-level sudoko puzzle on your back or writing this article while he does it. I once asked jiu-jitsu coach and pro fighter Jason Manly (fresh from his first-round submission victory).

“How do you get out of an Omoplata?” I asked him.

“Easily,” he replied.

So the fact that it’s generally not something you should get caught in makes it even worse if you do.

How to avoid it happening to you

Simply posture up  or maintain your base and roll out of it.

4. The Gogoplata

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Gogoplata is even more rare to see in the octagon than omaplata. Unlike other submissions, extreme flexibility is required to pull this move off and there’s no getting around that. Getting choked out is pretty uncomfortable, but getting choked out with a foot is just a humbling experience. I remember my first encounter with rubber guard, I felt the legs climbing up my back higher and higher and the next thing I knew one came over my head and under my chin.  Desperation set in I was being choked out with a smelly foot. It’s the dutch oven of jiu-jitsu.

How to avoid it happening to you

Your priority is the non-choking knee and thigh. If you can control it, rather than it controlling you by keeping you locked in close, you can cut to the half-guard position.

2. The Ankle Crank (when someone takes your back)

Taking someone’s back makes you feel pretty dominant and nothing is worse than getting tapped out when you thought you were about to finish your opponent. This rarely happens except among new jiu-jitsu practitioners, but because it’s weird and no one expects it, you can actually cross their feet for them (if their hooks are already in, anyway) and put them in that position. Just because a technique isn’t widely used doesn’t mean it’s not effective and I’ve seen a lot of people succumb to this trick. It’s demoralizing to lose right before you thought you where going to win.

How to avoid it happening to you

Don’t cross your feet. Go for a body triangle with your legs if you want to really get them stuck in that position.

1. A Flying Submission

Flying submissions are probably one of the best things ever to happen to MMA. If you get one, it’ll probably be the crown jewel of your highlight reel. That’s the same reason it’s terrible to get caught in one – you are going to be on the wrong side of a highlight reel, not just for that fighter but probably for the promotion as well. Even if you go on to knock out five guys in a row, people will always refer back to that one time you got flying armbarred.  The people who throw them are highly skilled and they come on fast. Even if you go on to become a champion in the UFC there will always be people pointing back to that one time, just ask Anderson Silva. Silva fought Ryo Chonan and out of nowhere a devastating flying scissor heel hook happened – Silva had to tap out to instantly. Unorthodox and unexpected techniques are the most fun thing to watch and if they happen to you, people will remember it for a long time.

How to avoid it happening to you

Don’t fight Rumina Sato, but seriously this one is tough. Anyone who throws a flying sub at you is likely to be a serious practitioner. You can try slamming if it’s allowed or stacking. Your slam however might lock a triangle in deeper though.