With one other action-packed month of MMA within the books, MMA Junkie appears to be like at the very best submissions from June 2020: Listed here are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for June.
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Aljamain Sterling def. Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250
Aljamain Sterling (19-Three MMA, 11-Three UFC) put himself within the prime echelon of bantamweight title contenders when he defeated Cory Sandhagen (12-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) in the very best efficiency of his profession.
Sterling added one other signature win to his now five-fight profitable streak when he ended Sandhagen’s unbeaten octagon run by shortly taking their title eliminator matchup to the bottom. He secured again place briefly order then labored away at a rear-naked choke that finally elicited a faucet from Sandhagen lower than 90 seconds in.
Gillian Robertson def. Cortney Casey at UFC on ESPN 11
Gillian Robertson (8-Four MMA, 5-2 UFC) made all types of historical past in her ladies’s flyweight matchup with Cortney Casey (9-Eight MMA, 4-7 UFC), turning into the primary in divisional historical past to succeed in 5 stoppage victories.
Robertson put her sturdy floor recreation to make use of in opposition to Casey. She lastly discovered her method into a rear-naked choke within the third spherical after which closed the present by turning into the primary particular person to earn a submission victory out of “Solid Iron.”
Jim Miller def. Roosevelt Roberts at UFC on ESPN 11
36-year-old Jim Miller (32-14 MMA, 21-13 UFC) confirmed he can nonetheless fend off the following technology when he beat Roosevelt Roberts (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who was 14 when Miller made his UFC debut in 2008 within the first spherical.
Miller’s grappling benefit and submission prowess was merely a degree above Roberts within the light-weight bout, and it didn’t take lengthy to point out. The veteran, who made his record-tying 35th UFC look on the occasion, snatched up an armbar on Roberts from backside place. All advised, the combat took lower than half a spherical and moved Miller into third place on the UFC’s all-time wins listing.
Julian Erosa def. Sean Woodson at UFC on ESPN 12
Third stints don’t come across the UFC typically, however Julian Erosa (24-Eight MMA, 2-Four UFC) was of the few to get that chance. He made probably the most of it when pulled off the upset in opposition to a beforehand unbeaten opponent in Sean Woodson (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
To make issues extra spectacular, “Juicy J,” who initially bought into the UFC through “The Final Fighter 22.” took the combat in opposition to Woodson on lower than a weeks’ discover. After strolling by means of each shot that got here away, Erosa lastly grabbed ahold of Woodson’s neck. He locked within the D’Arce choke and bought his first UFC win in years.
Maurice Greene def. Gian Villante at UFC on ESPN 12
Gian Villante (17-12 MMA, 7-9 UFC) dropped Maurice Greene (9-Four MMA, 4-2 UFC) with a left hook throughout the third spherical of their heavyweight bout, and it positive appeared just like the combat’s finish was close to.
That turned out to be the case, however not in a method most had been anticipating. With Villante in prime place and seemingly effectively positioned to complete issues off, Greene pulled an arm-triangle choke out of nowhere and bought the submission victory with lower than 90 seconds within the spherical. Greene insisted afterward the end was achieved purely by means of method, however Villante’s exhaustion appears to contribute, too.
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The Winner: Aljamain Sterling
On an evening during which bantamweight contenders jockeyed for place to make their case within the race for a bantamweight title shot, Sterling wasted little time stating his personal.
Combating in a UFC 250 main-card bout that UFC president Dana White hinted can be a title eliminator, Sterling made brief work of Sandhagen.
The Lengthy Island-based competitor blitzed Sandhagen, dominating from the bounce earlier than profitable by rear-naked choke. The time of the stoppage was 1:28 of the opening spherical, as Sterling received his fourth consecutive combat.
“I bought no phrases for this proper now,” Sterling stated. “The world is in shambles proper now, there’s a lot occurring, particularly on this nation. … That is for everybody combating the great combat again house, protesting.”
Sterling wasted little time in taking a standing Sandhagen’s again. He introduced Sandhagen to the bottom and practically completed issues together with his first rear-naked choke try, however Sandhagen escaped. Twice extra Sterling utilized the choke, and Sandhagen did his finest to flee, however a decent physique lock restricted his choices. The third time round, Sandhagen tapped simply as he was going out.