Joint lock submissions and strangulations/chokes account for a large number of finishes in mixed martial arts (MMA). The percentage of UFC matches ending in submission between 1993 and 2002 was 30%. This study aimed to review the statistics from recent MMA events. 

The fight outcomes from a total of 1903 bouts from 167 UFC events between 2014 and 2017 were analysed. From this data, it was observed that 47.7% (male)/62.9% (female) of bouts ended in decision, 17.3(male)21.1%(female) by submission, and 32.2%(male)/15.4%(female) by KO/TKO. The most submissions occurred in the male fly, bantam and light and female straw weight divisions and the least number occurred in the male heavyweight division. 

Chokes were the most common method of submission, the most frequent technique being the rear nake choke. The most common joint targeted for submission was the elbow, followed by the shoulder. 

This study adds to the existing body of literature pertaining to submissions in MMA.

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[1] B. Follmer, L. Vidal Andreato, and V. Silveira Coswig, ‘Combat-ending submission techinques in modern mixed martial arts’, Ido Mov. Cult. J. Martial Arts Anthropol., vol. 21, no. 2, 2021.

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