First Appearence in UFC : UFC 4
December 16 1994
The Arm Triangle Choke Submission is a classic submission that will forever be associated with almost all well rounded grappling arts whether it's Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Catch Wrestling, Sambo or any other. The Arm Triangle Choke Submission move is a joint lock applied to the arm where the pressure is felt at the elbow as the leverage applied creates a huge force on the elbow joint and forces it to hyper extend. The Arm Triangle Choke Submission has consistently had a place in the Top 10 Submissions list for the past 25 years.
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Here are the total fights finished in the UFC by Arm Triangle Choke, the overall fight finishing percentage for the Arm Triangle Choke and finally the finishing ratio.
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These stats secure the Arm Triangle the 5th spot in the all time Top 5 UFC Submissions list. Around 1 in 80 fights are finished via Arm Triangle Choke.
The next graph shows us how the Arm Triangle Choke compares to the other submissions in the top 10.
It's a fairly small slice of the pie but it's very similar to the Triangle Choke and is almost double the finishes that the Kimura has achieved in the last 25 years.
Our next graph shows the total finishes achieved by the Arm Triangle Choke in the UFC Year on Year
Total Finishes Via Arm Triangle Choke In The UFC Year on Year
This graph shows how the volume of Arm Triangle Choke finishes has really ramped up in the last few years, particularly in 2013 and 2016 when it scored 8 total finishes. In comparison the standard leg Triangle Choke only achieved 3 finishes in 2016.
The next graph shows how this has accumulated as a total over time. This may not seem particularly relevant at first glance but it's useful to tell when the submission has accelerated, decelerated of plateaued.
Accumulative Total Finishes Via Arm Triangle Choke In The UFC Year on Year
This graph shows a nice steep upward curve for the Arm Triangle especially since 2012, There's no sign of it flattening out in the last few years.
So let's take a look at how this compares to other submissions in the top 10...
Accumulative Total Finishes For Top 10 Submissions In The UFC Year on Year
Again you can see how the Arm Triangle Choke represents a fairly small piece of the overall submission action but the trend is still strong.
Now we'll focus on percentages for the final few visualisations so that volume of fights don't skew the results so much. Starting with the overall fight finishing percentage year on year.
Fight Finishing Percentage For Arm Triangle Choke In The UFC Year on Year
Because the percentages are small the graph doesn't look that impressive as we keep the scale the same for the others in the top 5. But you can see the Arm Triangle is a fairly consistent performer over the years.
The next graph gives us a more meaningful look at the Arm Triangles performance in terms of percentages. This graph shows us how the total percentage of submissions that can be attributed to the Arm Triangle Choke cumulatively throughout the years. So for any given year the percentage value shown is for that year and all preceding years combined.
Accumulative Percentage Of Submissions Via Arm Triangle Choke In The UFC
This is one of the most meaningful graphs for the Arm Triangle as it summarises its story nicely. The Arm Triangle might not be having a spectacular rise but it is most definitely on the rise. In 2017 it achieved its highest ever market share of 5.74%.
Let's take a look at how that compares to the other submissions in the top 5.
Accumulative Percentage Of Submission Finishes For Top 5 In The UFC
So while the Arm Triangle might not be threatening the top 3 any time soon it is clearly outperforming the Arm Bar and the Triangle Choke in terms of trend. Most noticeable is the way it has closed the gap on the Triangle Choke in the last few years and is now very close to taking the all time number 4 spot from the Triangle Choke as it has now closed to within one percentage point.
In conclusion, the Arm Triangle Choke is a submission that is continuing to perform well and is easily securing its place in the top 5. It's a submission on the rise, posting strong numbers in the last few years and easily out performing the Triangle Choke and even finishing ahead of the Arm Bar in 2016. With a few more strong years it will potentially be the 4th most prolific finisher in the history of the UFC.