With one other action-packed month of MMA within the books, MMA Junkie appears at one of the best submissions from Might 2020: Listed below are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for Might.

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The Nominees

Thiago Moises def. Michael Johnson at UFC on ESPN+ 29

Thiago Moises (13-Four MMA, 2-2 UFC) confirmed why one ought to by no means be counted out of a struggle when he turned the tables on Michael Johnson (19-16 MMA, 11-12 UFC) for the largest win of his profession.

After getting picked aside for the primary spherical, Moises got here out within the second and bum-rushed Johnson. He managed to tie Johnson up and falling again into an ankle lock. The faucet got here shortly after, and Moises was awarded the victor in a surprising comeback.

Cortney Casey def. Mara Romero Borella at UFC on ESPN 8

Cortney Casey (9-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC) picked up arguably one of the best win of her UFC profession on Saturday when she completed Mara Romero Borella (12-Eight MMA, 2-Four UFC) in resounding vogue at UFC on ESPN 8.

Casey not solely completed Borella within the first spherical, however she did it with an armbar that prompted the Brazilian to scream out loud whereas tapping out. The victory marked a profitable transfer as much as the ladies’s flyweight division for Casey after spending her earlier 10 octagon appearances at strawweight.

Casey Kenney def. Louis Smolka at UFC on ESPN 9

Bantamweight prospect Casey Kenney (15-3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) submitted veteran Louis Smolka (16-7 MMA, 7-7 UFC) in maybe one of the best efficiency of his profession.

Kenney wobbled Smolka early within the first spherical after which sunk in a one-arm guillotine choke to complete the bout. With the win, Kenney rebounded from his first octagon defeat.

Brandon Royval def. Tim Elliott at UFC on ESPN 9

Former LFA champion Brandon Royval (11-Four MMA, 1-Zero UFC) took step one towards attending to title rivalry on the highest degree when he put away Tim Elliott (15-11-1 MMA, 4-9 UFC) in a “Struggle of the Night time” affair.

Royval submitted longtime UFC fighter and former title challenger Elliott with an arm-triangle choke. Royval was a slight underdog within the struggle and acquired the stoppage on the 3:18 mark of the center spherical.

Mackenzie Dern def. Hannah Cifers through kneebar at UFC on ESPN 9

Mackenzie Dern (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) needed to work by a relentless Hannah Cifers (10-5 MMA, 2-Three UFC) within the early going, however finally did what she does finest.

Dern made comparatively fast work of Cifers – however solely after she was capable of get the struggle to the canvas, the place she pressured Cifers to faucet with a kneebar. The end for Dern, the largest favourite on the cardboard, was the primary leg-related submission in a ladies’s UFC struggle.

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The Winner: Thiago Moises

Moises picked up the largest win of his profession when he defeated Johnson in a surprising turnaround.

To start with of the struggle it appeared the model of Johnson who owns victories over the likes of Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier had arrived. He stopped Moises’ takedowns and acquired his hanging off within the first spherical of the light-weight bout, which happened at VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Fla.

Then the second spherical got here, and Moises was a special fighter. He rushed Johnson instantly and pulled guard when he was met with resistance. From there, he fell again and locked in a good heel hook that pressured Johnson to faucet out on the 0:25 mark of Spherical 2.

The defeat put Johnson on a three-fight skid and dropped him to 3-Eight in his previous 11 UFC appearances. He appeared to undergo harm to his knee throughout the end, too.

Moises, for his half, accomplished his UFC contract with an enormous end. He made it clear he needs to stay round with a brand new contract, and referred to as out former light-weight champ Anthony Pettis.





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