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Pundit Arena MMA Awards 2018: Submission Of The Year

In the latest edition on our ongoing end-of-year awards, we take a look at the various submissions that caught our eye over the last 365 days.

10 nominees have been selected but only one will be chosen above all others so without further ado, here are our picks.

Paul Craig vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Alexey Oleinik vs. Junior Albini

Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor

Ryan Hall vs. BJ Penn

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann

Adam Wieczorek vs. Arjan Bhullar

Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry

Anthony Pettis vs. Michael Chiesa

Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson

The banana split, the suloev stretch, whatever you want to call it.

Not only was Zabit Magomedsharipov not content to allow the UFC 228 Submission of the Night award to go to the banana split found earlier on the card courtesy of Aljamain Sterling, he managed to completely one-up ‘The Funkmaster’ by pulling off the very same submission in even more spectacular fashion on the night’s main-card.

Zabit’s talent has been clear for quite some time now and with a highlight-reel full to the brim with unorthodox and unpredictable striking techniques, showcasing his submission skills in the way that he did was sure to have put the fear into each and every one of the 145lb-r’s who stand in between him and the title.

Magomedsharipov is well and truly the most-talented prospect in the game today.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

About Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.