With Season 7 of Bellator Fighting Championships
just around the corner, it feels appropriate to look back at the best of the best of 2012 so far. A perfectly executed submission is the ultimate checkmate. Equal parts technicality and brutality, few aspects of MMA are more beautiful watch than a fight-ending submission.
Some of the best submissions of 2012 have come in the biggest fights, including tournament finals and world championship contests. Karl "Psycho" Amoussou sits as the frontrunner, as the former undercover cop lived up to his moniker and delivered a vicious inverted heel hook to Bryan Baker. Amoussou became the first to submit Baker is his MMA career, earning a world title shot in the process.
Young Eduardo Dantas won Bellator's Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament in impressive fashion to earn his title shot. Matched up against Zach Makovsky with gold on the line, "DuDu" used a smooth arm triangle choke to transform from prospect to champion.
Llyod Woodard and Patricky "Pitbull" Freire gave fans a fight to remember in their lightweight quarterfinal bout at Bellator 62. The whirlwind of a fight came to an end after Woodard secured a nasty kimura.