MMA Junkie’s Submission of the Month for September: Khamzat Chimaev mauls his way to 12-0

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from September 2022: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s Submission of the Month award for September.

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Nominee: Khamzat Chimaev def. Kevin Holland at UFC 279

Khamzat Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) ended his controversial fight week on a high note when he beat Kevin Holland (23-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) in dominant fashion.

Chimaev kept his perfect record in tact when with a slick D’Arce choke. He put Holland on the ground immediately after the opening bell then worked into position to force the tap just 123 seconds after the 180-pound catchweight contest began.

Nominee: Nate Diaz def. Tony Ferguson at UFC 279

Nate Diaz (21-13 MMA, 16-11 UFC) shined through adversity again on Saturday when he defeated Tony Ferguson in their short-notice main event matchup.

In the highly-publicized final fight on his current UFC contract, Diaz added another greatest hit to his legendary resume when he tapped former interim UFC champ Ferguson with a guillotine choke in the fourth round of their bout.

Nominee: Gillian Robertson def. Mariya Agapova at UFC Fight Night 210

Gillian Robertson (11-7 MMA, 8-5 UFC) added to her record for most submissions by any female in UFC history against Mariya Agapova (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

After some difficulties getting the bout to the mat in the first round of the women’s flyweight bout. Robertson finally got the action to her sweet spot in the second frame when she took Agapova’s back. She made the most of the rear-naked choke opportunity, choking her opponent out cold in what was a scary-looking finish.

Nominee: Luca Poclit def. Dante Schiro at Bellator 285

Luca Poclit’s (8-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) picked up one of the most unique submission of the year against Dante Schiro (94 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).

The SBG Ireland welterweight locked in a modified arm-triangle choke. The commentators, and most watching from home, didn’t even realize Schiro was being choked until he was unconscious, and the referee was stopping the bout.

Nominee: Bo Nickal def. Donovan Beard at Dana White’s Contender Series 56

Heavily-hyped prospect Bo Nickal (3-0) trucked through CFFC middleweight champion Donovan Beard (7-2) just 52 seconds into their middleweight bout, securing himself a UFC contract in the process.

The fight came and went in the blink of an eye. Nickal landed a left hand that floored Beard to the canvas. From there, Nickal entered directly into mount. As Beard wiggled to escape, Nickal pulled guard and wrapped his legs upward for a triangle choke. The squeeze was tight and the tap was quick.

The winner

The winner: Khamzat Chimaev

Chimaev was on a mission when he finally stepped into the octagon rival Holland at UFC 279.

Chimaev immediately shot for a takedown, grabbing a hold of a scrappy Holland. Chimaev had to scramble quite a bit to keep Holland down, but once he did, he controlled him and eventually cinched in the submission, forcing him to tap.

“Borz” had been showered with boos from the crowd in the 48 hours prior to the fight after he failed to make the welterweight mark for his originally scheduled bout against Diaz.

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Chimaev weighed in at 178.5 pounds and claimed he wanted to continue cutting weight, but doctors stopped him. As a result, the card was shuffled and he ended up drawing Holland in a catchweight bout.

The change in opponent made no difference to an animated Chimaev, who said he’s coming for everyone at welterweight and middleweight in his post-fight interview in the octagon.