The Arm Bar 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 Bar 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 Bar Submission has consistently had a place in the Best 5 Submissions list for the past 20 years.
First Appearence in UFC : UFC 2
March 11 1994
The Arm Bar Submission is usually taught early on in anyone’s grappling instruction and is frequently successfully applied in training so it’s easy to assume that it would be seen very frequently in UFC competition. Certainly in the early history of the UFC the Arm Bar was responsible for a large amount of the submission finishes and overall there have been more than 100 Arm Bars in the UFC. However, more recently the Arm Bar has been finished far less frequently and is becomming far rarer as a finishing technique. For the first ten years of the UFC from 1993 – 2002 the Arm Bar was responsible for 7.8% of all finishes in the UFC, since then Arm Bar has only been responsible for 3.9% of the finishes in the UFC. In 2012 it was 3.5%, in 2013 it was 2.8% and so far in 2014 the Arm Bar is responsible for less that 1% of finishes in more than 400 fights.
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