First Appearence in UFC : UFC 2
March 11 1994
The Guillotine Choke is a classic submission that is an iconic finish from most well rounded grappling arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Catch Wrestling and Sambo. The Guillotine Choke Submission move is neck attack that applies pressure usually directly to the trachea (windpipe) and usually with the inner forearm bone or the blade of the hand. This submission technique is designed to prevent adequate air supply getting to the opponents lungs which ultimately results in tapping out or passing out.
The Guillotine Choke has consistently had a place in the Top 10 Submissions list for the past 25 years and it currently sits in the 2nd ranked position in the all time list.
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Here are the total fights finished in the UFC by Guillotine Choke, the overall fight finishing percentage for the Guillotine Choke and finally the finishing ratio.
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These numbers are approximately half that of the Rear Naked Choke. Even so, the Guillotine Choke is still the second best submission in the history of the UFC. Roughly 1 in 26 fights ends with a Guillotine Choke.
The next graph shows us how the Guillotine Choke compares to the other submissions in the top 10.
This means that around 1 in 5 submissions that happen in the UFC are classed as a Guillotine Choke. That’s around three times greater than the finishing ratio of the Triangle Choke.
Our next graph shows the total finishes achieved by the Guillotine Choke in the UFC Year on Year
Total Finishes Via Guillotine Choke In The UFC Year on Year
This graph shows how the volume of Guillotine Choke finishes as you would expect, has risen as the volume of fights per year has risen. The high point was reached in 2015 when 21 Guillotine submissions were achieved in the UFC. The Guillotine has generally been an incredibly consistent performer. This makes the 2017 poor performance of just 11 finishes very surprising.
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 Guillotine Choke In The UFC Year on Year
There’s not a huge amount that can be read into this one for the Guillotine Choke 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
Note that the Guillotine Choke is still shown in red here, but the scale is different so the line is flattened compared to that of the last graph. Again you can see how the Guillotine Choke performs well but is dwarfed by the volume of the Rear Naked Choke.
Now we switch our focus away from overall volume and move to percentages, beginning with the percentage of fights that get finished by Guillotine Choke in the UFC year on year.
Fight Finishing Percentage For Guillotine Choke In The UFC Year on Year
We can see here that 2009 was the Guillotine’s strongest ever year in terms of comparative performance. In 2009 the Guillotine actually finished as the number 1 submission of the year. The only time in the modern era that the Rear Naked Choke has been eclipsed. We also get a clear statistic that shows just how poor 2017 was for the Guillotine Choke, 2.41% was its worse finishing rate since 2003 when there were actually no Guillotine Chokes in the whole year.
The next graph is a little more difficult to understand but it’s one of the most important. This graph shows us how the total percentage of submissions that can be attributed to the Guillotine 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 Guillotine Choke In The UFC
This is the signature of the Guillotine Choke, this tells us perhaps more succinctly than any other graph how the submission has trended throughout the years. The story here is really that the Guillotine ticked along at a very respectable rate of around 12-13% of the submissions until again that point in 2009 when that one year took it up to a whole new level, kicking it up to around the 17-18% mark. Again the poor performance in 2017 is telling as it finally takes a dip after a fantastic run.
Accumulative Percentage Of Submissions For Top 5 In The UFC
When this is plotted out against the other top 5 submissions we can see that 2014 is also a very significant year for the Guillotine Choke as it finally claims the number 2 spot off the Arm Bar for the very first time.
In conclusion, the Guillotine Choke is an incredibly effective submission in top level MMA. It is second only to the Rear Naked Choke and very few other submissions get close to it, especially if you’re looking at the modern era of 2005 onward.