Video: Top 10 UFC flyweight submissions with all kinds of ‘Mighty Mouse’

It’s not official yet, but the UFC flyweight title likely will be on the line again in January.

Champion Deiveson Figueiredo is expected to put the belt on the line against interim champ Brandon Moreno at UFC 283 in Rio de Janeiro in what will be the fourth fight between the two.

For Figueiredo, it will be his fourth straight fight against Moreno. They fought to a draw at UFC 256 in December 2020. In June 2021 at UFC 263, Moreno submitted Figueiredo to win the belt. But Figueiredo got it back in January at UFC 270 with a unanimous decision.

He’s been shelved since then, and Moreno beat Kai Kara-France to win an interim title in the meantime to set up a fourth fight in one of the most competitive rivalries in UFC history.

Because of that impending announcement for the quadrilogy, flyweights have been on the mind lately. The UFC has had some great finishes in the division’s history, including plenty of top-notch tapouts. The promotion put together a video highlights package of its 10 best flyweight submissions – of which Figueiredo and Moreno are featured, as is former longtime divisional kingpin Demetrious Johnson.

Check out the UFC’s top 10 below, followed by the full highlights video.

Tim Elliott vs. Ben Nguyen

Ben Nguyen vs. Tim Elliott

Event: UFC Fight Night 110
Location: Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
Date: June 11, 2017
Result: Ben Nguyen def. Tim Elliott via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:49
Synopsis: Elliott was coming off a flyweight title fight decision loss to Demetrious Johnson in December 2016 that he followed with a Fight of the Night win over Louis Smolka in April 2017. He nearly was a 2-1 betting favorite against Nguyen, who won a Performance of the Night bonus for the quick finish.

Jordan Espinosa vs. Alex Perez

Jan 25, 2020; Raleigh, NC, USA; Alex Perez (blue gloves) beat Jordan Espinosa (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Event: UFC Fight Night 166
Location: PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.
Date: Jan. 25, 2020
Result: Alex Perez def. Jordan Espinosa via technical submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:33
Synopsis: Perez got back on a streak with the win, which came nine months after a win over Mark De La Rosa. Perez had an eight-fight winning streak snapped by Joseph Benavidez before the bounce-back against De La Rosa and bonus-winning submission of Espinosa. After a win over Jussier Formiga later in 2020, Perez got a flyweight title shot. His win over Espinosa earned him his first UFC post-fight bonus award.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Tim Elliott

Event: UFC 172
Location: Baltimore Arena, Baltimore
Date: April 26, 2014
Result: Joseph Benavidez def. Tim Elliott via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:08
Synopsis: After a knockout loss to Demetrious Johnson in a flyweight title rematch – the first time he was finished in his career – Benavidez needed a big bounce back. He got it with a first-round tapout of Elliott and picked up his second UFC post-fight bonus in the process. The win was the start of a six-fight winning streak for Benavidez.

Cody Durden vs. Jimmy Flick

Jimmy Flick

Event: UFC Fight Night 183
Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
Date: Dec. 19, 2020
Result: Jimmy Flick def. Cody Durden via submission (flying triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:18
Synopsis: Durden had an eight-fight unbeaten run halted by Flick in a seriously highlight-worthy way. After Flick landed a head kick that Durden partially caught, he quickly jumped for a triangle choke and pulled Durden to the canvas. After that, he had to work for it, but was relentless and forced the triangle choke tap. The win came in Flick’s UFC debut after earning a shot through Dana White’s Contender Series. Flick picked up a $50,000 bonus for the finish in what to this point has been his only UFC fight. He missed all of 2021 and all of 2022 so far and is scheduled to return in January.

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga

Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga

Event: UFC on FOX 8
Location: Key Arena, Seattle
Date: July 27, 2013
Result: Demetrious Johnson def. John Moraga via submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:43
Synopsis: Just when Johnson was getting a reputation for being merely a point fighter, on the heels of seven straight decisions in which he went 5-1-1, he pulled a fifth-round rabbit out of his hat in front of his home fans in Washington. The tapout was his second straight flyweight title defense after he won the belt against Joseph Benavidez less than a year earlier and got him his second straight post-fight bonus award. He went on to set the record for most consecutive title defenses and that reputation for not finishing fights went out the window with six stoppages in his next nine championship bouts.

Su Mudaerji vs. Matt Schnell

Matt Schnell vs. Su Mudaerji

Event: UFC on ABC 3
Location: UBS Arena, Elmont, N.Y.
Date: July 16, 2022
Result: Matt Schnell def. Su Mudaerji via technical submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:24
Synopsis: Schnell was in a need of a rebound after back-to-back losses to Rogerio Bontorin and Brandon Royval (though the Bontorin loss was flipped to a no contest), and he got it in the form of a Fight of the Night submission over Mudaerji, who closed as nearly a 3-1 favorite at the betting window. Schnell needed to mount a comeback in the bloody fight, but did so in a big way. It was Schnell’s second straight Fight of the Night bonus.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Deiveson Figueiredo of Brazil secures a rear choke submission against Joseph Benavidez in their UFC flyweight championship bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Event: UFC Fight Night 172
Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Date: July 19, 2020
Result: Deiveson Figueiredo def. Joseph Benavidez via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:48 – to win vacant flyweight title
Synopsis: In a rematch from a fight that took place just before the pandemic started to shut things down, Figueiredo put Benavidez away for a second straight time. In their first fight, he knocked him out in the second round – but was ineligible to win the flyweight title vacated by Henry Cejudo because he missed weight. But he was on weight for the rematch and put Benavidez to sleep for the vacant 125-belt and a $50,000 bonus.

Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno 2

Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo, UFC 263

Event: UFC 263
Location: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz.
Date: June 12, 2021
Result: Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:26
Synopsis: After fighting to a draw with Figueiredo in their first meeting six months prior, Moreno won the flyweight title with a third-round submission. The title for Moreno came about three years after he was bounced from the UFC in his firsts stint with back-to-back losses. But he returned and worked his way to the title. He won a performance bonus, to boot.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

Apr 25, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Demetrious Johnson (red) defeats by submission Kyoji Horiguchi (blue) during their flyweight bout during UFC 186 at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Event: UFC 186
Location: Bell Centre, Montreal
Date: April 25, 2015
Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Kyoji Horiguchi viva submission (armbar) – Round 5, 4:59
Synopsis: In a result that might never be seen again, Johnson got the latest finish in UFC title fight history when he tapped Horiguchi with just one second left in the fifth round of their five-round fight. The win was Johnson’s eight straight and sixth straight title defense. He picked up his fifth post-fight bonus, as well.

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg

Event: UFC 216
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
Date: Oct. 7, 2017
Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:15
Synopsis: Without question the greatest flyweight champion in history, Johnson picked up the UFC record for most consecutive title defenses with his 11th straight when he tapped Borg. The win was his 13th in a row – all of which were title fights or tournament finals. Over the course of Johnson’s 11 title defenses, seven came by stoppage – including five arm submissions (four armbars, one kimura). Johnson won yet another post-fight bonus award, as well.

Top 10 flyweight submissions in UFC history

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