The UFC has narrowed its list of top 2022 submission candidates down to a four-sub shortlist.
The promotion this week unveiled the four finalists on its list for Submission of the Year. Fans can vote for their favorite of the four through the UFC’s YouTube channel or social media platforms.
Two women and two men make up the final four, and more than they were brutal – and they all were – all the candidates seemed to come out of nowhere, making them nearly impossible to defend against.
Check out the four finalists on the UFC’s list below, as well as looks back at their aftermaths. In addition, you can see a recap of all four highlight-reel finishes in the video above.
Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira
Date: Oct. 22
Location: Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi
Result:Islam Makhachev def. Charles Oliveira via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:16
Islam Makhachev def. Charles Oliveira: Best photos
Islam Makhachev def. Charles Oliveira: Social media reaction
Jessica Andrade vs. Amanda Lemos
Event: UFC Fight Night 205
Date: April 23
Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
Result: Jessica Andrade def. Amanda Lemos via submission (standing arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:13
Jessica Andrade def. Amanda Lemos: Best photos
Glover Teixeira vs. Jiri Prochazka
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – JUNE 12: Jiri Prochazka of Czech Republic submits Glover Teixeira of Brazil in the UFC light heavyweight championship fight at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 12, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Event: UFC 275
Date: June 12
Location: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang
Result: Jiri Prochazka def. Glover Teixeira via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 5, 4:32
Jiri Prochazka def. Glover Teixeira: Best photos
Jiri Prochazka def. Glover Teixeira: Social media reaction
Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili
Nov 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Carla Esparza (red gloves) and Zhang Weili (blue gloves) during UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden. Referee Keith Peterson. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Alcheh-USA TODAY Sports
Event: UFC 281
Date: Nov. 12
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
Result: Zhang Weili def. Carla Esparza via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:05
Zhang Weili def. Carla Esparza: Best photos
Zhang Weili def. Carla Esparza: Social media reaction
What was your favorite UFC submission of 2022?
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