One of the most special and unique aspects of mixed martial arts is that there are so many different ways to finish an opponent, whether by strikes or submissions.
Some tried-and-tested techniques have become industry standards, like boxing’s straight and hook punches, the Muay Thai head kick, or Jiu-Jitsu’s rear-naked choke and armbar.
However, there are far more weapons at an MMA fighter’s disposal than just that, and as you’ll see in this article, sometimes more exotic and rare techniques can catch an opponent unawares and deliver some of the most thrilling and memorable finishes ever seen inside the UFC’s Octagon.
‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung has always been one of the sport’s great entertainers in the cage after initially being put firmly on the MMA map when he had a crazy stand-up battle with Leonard Garcia at WEC 48 in 2010.
A year later the WEC had been absorbed into the UFC, and with the original fight being a classic slugfest that had ended in a split decision win for Garcia, everyone was eager to see a rematch inside the Octagon.
However, while fans were expecting another war for the ages, this time The Korean Zombie had something else in mind.
Late in the second round of the fight Jung had Garcia’s back on the mat and began the intricate set-up for an exceptionally rare ‘Twister’ submission, essentially an exotic variant of a neck crank applied while off at an angle from back mount, and with just a single second of the round remaining Garcia’s resistance broke to the tremendous pressure being applied on his spine and he tapped out.