Cagewriter readers, it's your turn to decide the best of 2009. Today's task is picking the best submission of the year. Is there anything more beautiful in MMA than a slick submission? Here are some of the year's best.
Shinya Aoki chokes out David Gardner after Gardner greets crowd: In the Dream 7 Grand Prix, Gardner was in a good position to pull out the win, until he decided to yell, "Hello, Japan!" and wave to the crowd. Aoki took that opening to slap on a rear naked choke, and finish off Gardner.
Seth Dikun's flying triangle choke of Rolando Perez (pictured): Nothing makes me happier than seeing the word "flying" in a result. At WEC 41, Dikun slapped a triangle choke on Perez from his feet, bringing him down halfway through the first round.
Toby Imada's inverted triangle choke: Imada's upside down choke of Jorge Masvidal not only surprised MMA fans, but helped propel Bellator's success by becoming an overnight internet sensation.
Demian Maia triangle chokes Chael Sonnen: Before the fight, Sonnen had a lot to say about his skills, that he could beat Anderson Silva and Maia would be no problem for him. Maia shut him up with a quick triangle choke at UFC 95.
Ikuhisa Minowa heel hooks the big man: Jiu-jitsu is supposed to show that size doesn't matter, and that a fighter can win over anyone, regardless of the opponent's size. This was shown perfectly when 5-9 "Minowaman" won by heel hook over the 7-2 Hong Man Choi at Dream 11.
Frank Mir guillotines Cheick Kongo: After Mir lost to Brock Lesnar at UFC 100, he returned to the gym, packed on weight, and started trash-talking all over again. Mir angered Kongo so much that Kongo refused to face off with Mir at the weigh-ins. Clearly, Mir got into Kongo's head, as Mir won with a guillotine in just over a minute at UFC 107.
Jake Shields takes out Robbie Lawler: At Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields, the question was whether Shields could handle Lawler's punching power. It didn't matter, as Shields caught Lawler in a guillotine two minutes into the first round.
Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza debuts in the U.S: Jacare's jiu-jitsu credentials are first rate, but his opponent, Matt Lindland, also came in with world-class wrestling credentials. That didn't matter for Jacare as he made his American debut at Strikeforce: Evolution. He took control of the fight early, and won by a picture-perfect triangle-choke in the first round.