Top 10 Submission Statistics & More From UFC MMA Events

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UPDATE: All stats now up to date with all 2018 UFC events including UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi

Here at MMA121 we track all submission finishes in all UFC events so that we can provide a definitive list of the most effective and best submissions in top level MMA competition.

Here you can see what submissions are most common and frequently used in Mixed Martial Arts with statistics for each of the top 10 submissions.

If you're serious about improving your MMA or Submission game then these stats will give you real insight into what actually works.


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Here's what we track:

Total Submission Count For Each UFC Event Year On Year - For any year this allows you to see how many submissions were achieved on an event by event basis

Fights Finished Via Submission Year On Year - The submissions per fight percentage allows us to consistently measure how often a submission is being achieved, this is shown as a percentage of the total fights so for example if there are 10 fights in an event and there is 1 submission then the submission per fight percentage is 10%. We track this as an overall measure for all UFC events and individually for each submission. We use a percentage as it is a more accurate and meaningful measure than a total count (although we have that too of course), this way if there are 10 submissions in 40 fights it will rank more highly than if there are 11 submissions in 50 fights. Obviously the best submissions like the Rear Naked Choke have the higher overall percentages.

Read our comprehensive breakdown of all the finer submission details from 457 fights in 2017.

Find out which submissions are trending up and what is on the way down, you might be surprised...

Overall Submission Breakdown For All Time - This shows the best submissions as a percentage of all submissions achieved in all UFC events

Top Submissions Of All Time - This is the definitive list of all the top submissions in the UFC, submissions with 3 or more successful finishes make it onto this list. 


Regardless of what year you look at in the statistics it's very clear that there are three levels of submissions. Tier one makes up more than 80% of all the submission finishes and includes a set of 5 core submissions

There is then a secondary level of techniques used that overall contribute just under 20% of the total submission count, these include


The final tier is that of all the remaining submissions outside of the top 10 submissions and collectively they make up just a few percent of all the submissions used in MMA competition today. Within that tier there are submissions like the Ankle LockNorth South Chokes and Brabo Chokes.

Individual statistics are not calculated on the more unorthodox or rare submissions outside of the top 10 submissions as the contribution they make to the numbers is so low that it is not particularly meaningful. However, every submission is noted and recorded even if it doesn't feature in the top 10.

Submission Breakdown, Total Submissions And Submissions Per Fight Ratio For Each Year - This shows the top submission statistics for each year so that you can see how the statistics have changed over time. Use the links below to see individual year statistics

2014 Submission Breakdown | 2013 Submission Breakdown

Total Submissions And Submissions Per Fight Ratio For Each Of The Top Ten Submissions Year On Year - In this section we show how each of the most effective and best submissions have performed over time both in terms of total submissions achieved and in terms of submissions per fight ratio

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