ONE Championship’s mixed martial artists were in fine form during 2019’s thrilling third quarter, particularly some of those with dangerous grappling games.
The submission-savvy athletes in The Home Of Martial Arts treated fans to an array finishes from their arsenal of ground game techniques that had their opponents tapping out.
Take a look back at five of the finest tapout victories on the global stage, in chronological order, from July to September.
#1 Toivonen’s Dream Debut
Aleksi Toivonen makes a MASSIVE statement in his ONE debut with a slick submission victory over Akihiro Fujisawa!????: Check local listings for global TV broadcast????: Watch on the ONE Super App ????http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, July 12, 2019
When the Finnish grappling standout made Akihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa stumble with a low kick, he quickly jumped on his rival’s back as the Japanese athlete reached out to attack for a takedown from his downed position.
Fujisawa’s eagerness to keep hold of his opponent’s leg meant his left arm got trapped in the transition, and “The Giant” took full advantage as he slid his arm under the neck to get a rear-naked choke.
#2 Ting Jumps On Abe’s Neck
Ev “E.T.” Ting and Daichi Abe went back-and-forth in a memorable two-round encounter at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY, but it was the Kiwi-Malaysian that found the finish after surviving an early onslaught from his Japanese rival.
Ting was knocked onto the canvas early in round one, but he battled back and took the match by the reins in the second. He battered his rival with hard ground and pound until Abe tried to scramble up to his feet to escape.
“E.T.” anticipated his attempt to escape and effortlessly slid his right arm under the HMC Japan representative’s neck when he exposed his back, and then squeezed with all his might to elicit the tap.
#3 Miura’s Trademark Technique
Japanese ???????? phenom Ayaka Miura secures a stunning submission win over former ONE Strawweight World Title challenger Samara Santos!????: Check local listings for global TV broadcast????: Watch on the ONE Super App ????http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, August 2, 2019
When Ayaka Miura made her ONE debut, she won in no time with her scarf hold Americana submission, and she wasted no time going after her favorite submission against Samara “Marituba” Santos at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES.
The durable Brazilian managed to fend off an attempt in round one, but seconds into round two, the Japanese judoka scored a takedown into the same position, but this time she would not be denied the finish.
Miura trapped Santos’ left arm in-between her legs and turned her hips over to wrench on a painful shoulder lock just 39 seconds after the restart.
#4 Alvarez Turns The Tables
It was not just Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez’s powerful choke that impressed the fans at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES – his ability to rebound so quickly after coming close to defeat was even more inspiring.
Local favorite Eduard “Landslide” Folayang dropped the American with a hard low kick in Manila, Philippines, and then dropped a barrage of heavy leather on his opposite number.
However, the Filipino’s aggression was turned against him as Alvarez swept to top position, and then immediately advanced to the former ONE Lightweight World Champion’s back where he sank in a bout-ending rear-naked choke.
#5 “Dragon Boy” Roars Into Contention With Calim Submission
⏱ 69 SECONDS ⏱That was all Ryuto "Dragon Boy" Sawada needed to submit Aziz Calim in his ONE debut! ????????: Check local listings for the global broadcast starting at 8:30PM (Bangkok time).???????? Thailand: สามารถรับชมได้ทางไทยรัฐทีวีช่อง 32 เวลา 21:30 น. วันที่ 16 สิงหาคมนี้???????? United States: Tune in to B/R LIVE at 9:30AM ET ???? https://go.br.live/lgso68256???????? Japan: 8月16日 午後7時 AbemaTV 生中継 ???? http://bit.ly/2YKxYQw???????? Philippines: Tune in to ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30PM.???????? Singapore: Tune in to Toggle at 9:30PM or Mediacorp Channel 5 at 10PM.???????? Malaysia: Tune in to TV2 or Astro Arena at 9:30PM.???????? India: Tune in to Hotstar or Star Sports Select 2 at 3:30PM.???????? Vietnam: Theo dõi trên kênh HTV Thể Thao vào lúc 20h30.???????? Myanmar: Skynet Sports 3 မွာ ညေန ၈နာရီ အခ်ိန္တြင္ တိုက္႐ိုက္ထုတ္လႊင့္ျပသ သြားမွာ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။????: Watch on the ONE Super App ???? http://bit.ly/ONESuperApp
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, August 16, 2019
Two first-round submission victories in ONE Warrior Series earned Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada the call up to the big show, and he showed he was ready for the global stage with another early tapout.
The Japanese grappler clinched up with Aziz “The Krauser” Calim at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, took him to the canvas with a beautiful hip throw, and then immediately set to work with hard punches.
Calim turned away from the strikes, but moved straight into “Dragon Boy’s” clutches, as he swiftly locked up a rear-naked choke after just 69 seconds.