What's The Fastest Submissions In UFC History?

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The Fastest Submissions In UFC History

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Usually submissions take time, as it’s often a chore just to get an opponent on the canvas, and then it’s a chess game of finding a submission hold to complete the fight. However, there’s a handful of fights that have been finished surprisingly quick via submission. 

Here are the fastest submissions in UFC history.

1. Oleg Taktarov, UFC 6, nine seconds - Anthony Macias rushed Oleg Taktarov and wasn’t wasting any time looking for a takedown, but as he dropped his head, he was put in a guillotine choke. That’s all she wrote. It’s going to be very hard to break this record. This was only Macias’ third professional fight and he went on to have a 26-18 record for his career. 

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2. Joe Charles, UFC 4, 14 seconds - This was Joe Charles’ first professional fight, and he started his career off with a bang by dropping Kevin Rosier with a left hand and then locking in an armbar after some slight ground and pound. Charles was 6’1”, 260 pounds, so it was some impressive ground game from a big heavyweight. Charles and Rosier combined for a 8-19 record in MMA and neither have fought since 2000.

2. Ronda Rousey, UFC 184, 14 seconds - Cat Zingano made the mistake of rushing in with a flying knee, which allowed Rousey to get her in the clinch and take her to the ground where she does some of her best work. After slight switching of positions, Rousey locked in a nasty armbar that forced an immediate tap. All nine of Rousey’s submissions came by armbar, and this ended up being the last submission of her career. 

2. Justin Martin, UFC 12, 14 seconds - Justin Martin beat Eric Martin with a heel hook and all four of his career victories were done through submission. It was Eric Martin’s only fight. Because neither of these fighters accomplished much past this and it was considered the Heavyweight Alternate bout, finding video appears to be impossible.

5. Frank Shamrock, UFC 15.5, 16 seconds - Frank Shamrock and Kevin Jackson spent a lot of time on their feet in this fight, but it was over quickly once Shamrock got it on the ground. Shamrock originally was looking for a rear-naked choke, but that quickly turned into an armbar. Shamrock was UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and still has the fastest submission in the UFC Light Heavweight division.

5. Marcus Aurelio, UFC Fight Night 13, 16 seconds - Marcus Aurelio was known for his wild kicks and carefree style, but he was also a submission artist, and it was no different against Ryan Roberts. Aurelio locked in an armbar, which happened to be Roberts first and only fight under the UFC banner and was the start of six straight losses for his MMA career. Aurelio has 15 submission wins on his resume.

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