The final quarter of 2019 was fascinating. It was stacked with finishes – many of which included captivating submissions.
ONE Championship’s mixed martial artists showcased their bout-ending ability on the mat to choke and joint-lock their way to victory in the seven events that took place from October to December.
With the year winding down, here are the five best submissions to take place on the global stage in 2019’s fourth quarter.
#1 Lee Gets Redemption Against Xiong
???? STILL "UNSTOPPABLE" ???? Angela Lee submits Xiong Jing Nan late in Round 5 to win their back-and-forth rematch and retain the ONE Women's Atomweight World Title!????: Check local listings for global broadcast details????: Watch on the ONE Super App ???? http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp????: Shop Official Merchandise ???? http://bit.ly/ONECShop
Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, 12 October 2019
Midway through the final frame, the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion slammed her rival to the canvas and immediately set to work from back control.
Xiong — the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion — resisted with all her strength, but Lee softened her up with punches. Then, she finally found the room to slide her right arm underneath the chin.
From there, the Singaporean flattened the Chinese superstar out and cinched up the rear-naked choke to force the tap with just 12 seconds left on the clock.
#2 Pacio Retains His Gold Via Arm-Triangle
???? THE KING DEFENDS HIS CROWN ????Team Lakay ???????? phenom Joshua Pacio stops the streaking Rene Catalan with a Round 2 arm-triangle choke to retain his ONE Strawweight World Title!????: How to watch ???? http://bit.ly/ONEMOFHTW????: Book your hotel ???? hotelplanner.com????: Watch on the ONE Super App ???? bit.ly/ONESuperApp????: Shop official merchandise ???? bit.ly/ONECShop
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, November 8, 2019
It was Catalan who initially looked like the biggest threat on the ground with his leg lock attempts in the opening stanza, but the Team Lakay product flipped the script in round two.
He sprawled on his countryman’s takedown attempt and got to top position, where he quickly passed to side control.
Pacio then burrowed his head into his opponent’s left armpit and took a deep crossface to isolate Catalan’s head and arm. The Team Lakay representative then moved across “The Challenger’s” body to tighten up the arm-triangle choke and seal the victory.
#3 McLaren Dominates Mangat On The Canvas
Former ONE World Title challenger Reece "Lightning" Mclaren ???????? locks in a rear-naked choke on Gurdarshan Mangat in Round 1!????: How to watch ???? http://bit.ly/ONEMOGHowToWatch????: Book your hotel ???? bit.ly/ONEhotelplanner????: Watch on the ONE Super App ???? bit.ly/ONESuperApp????: Shop official merchandise ???? bit.ly/ONECShop
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, December 6, 2019
The Aussie took Mangat down quickly in the opening frame, and then smothered him with pressure until he moved to the mount position.
From there, “Lightning” dropped some hard ground and pound onto his rival, which forced the Indian to turn to escape.
McLaren anticipated Mangat’s movements, and he immediately took the back and latched on to a rear-naked choke to throttle “Saint Lion” into submission.
#4 Silva Adds Another Armbar Finish To His Resume
???? TAP OUT ????Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva ???????? submits Peng Xue Wen via armbar in Round 2!????: How to watch ???? http://bit.ly/ONEEOGHTW????: Book your hotel ???? bit.ly/ONEhotelplanner????: Watch on the ONE Super App ???? bit.ly/ONESuperApp????: Shop official merchandise ???? bit.ly/ONECShop
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, 22 November 2019
The former ONE Strawweight World Champion had his opponent mounted in the late stages of the second frame, and he went for broke before the bell.
He trapped Peng’s arm to his chest and used his right leg to step over the Chinese athlete’s shoulder. Then, “Little Rock” dropped his left shin across his foe’s head, which trapped the right arm in position.
As Peng tried to roll out, Silva hooked his leg for control and then applied the lightning-fast armbar to elicit a hurried tap.
#5 Hirata Thinks Outside The Box
Hometown hero ???????? Itsuki Hirata scores her THIRD-STRAIGHT submission win, locking in a slick armbar to force the tap from Rika "Tiny Doll" Ishige / ริกะ อิชิเกะ!????: Check local listings for global broadcast details????: Watch on the ONE Super App ???? http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp????: Shop Official Merchandise ???? http://bit.ly/ONECShop
Posted by ONE Championship on Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hirata dominated the contest in every range, but the finish came when her Thai adversary rolled to her knees to escape an Americana shoulder lock attempt in round two.
The Japanese combatant grabbed a figure-four grip and dived over Ishige’s back to turn her over. She wrestled “Tiny Doll’s” arm free, but then pinched her legs tightly around her neck.
With a sustained squeeze of her thighs, “Strong Heart Fighter” choked the resistance out of her opponent for a resounding victory.