UFC Fight Night 96 will be held at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 1st.  The event is expected to be headlined by a bantamweight bout between John Lineker and former two-time UFC Flyweight Championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller bantamweight winner John Dodson.

UFC Fight Night 96 Submission: The Guillotine Choke


Lineker’s most recent win by submission was finished via guillotine choke from the guard.  Lineker and Dodson have both finished the majority of their fights by KO, TKO, or decision.  Be that as it may, I’d love to see these guys go to the ground and finish with a submission (maybe another guillotine?).


The guillotine choke has been around for centuries.  It’s ubiquitous in the world of grappling.  The technique is present in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Japanese Jujutsu, Judo, MMA, and in military combat training programs all over the world.

UFC Fight Night 96: Guillotine Choke

This technique can be a wind choke, a blood choke, or a neck crank, depending on how it is applied.  The arm is wrapped behind the neck and around the trachea.  The hands are then clasped. Pressure is applied upwards to restrict blood flow to the head, eventually causing unconsciousness and, if applied for more time, even death.


The guillotine can be applied from many positions, including the guard, crossbody, 1/2 guard, and standing.  It’s easier to finish this move if you are grappling no-gi, but it certainly still works just fine as a gi technique.


The following video demonstrates the standing version of this choke.  It was shot at Northwest Fighting Arts during a seminar.



UFC Fight Night 96 Submission: The Rear Naked Choke


John Dodson has won 18 fights, and only two of those were via submission.  Both of these were rear naked chokes.  Like the guillotine, the rear naked choke is a classic old-school grappling submission.  Also like the guillotine, it certainly works as a gi technique, but tends to work even better as a no-gi technique.


Your opponent applies the rear naked choke from behind .  There are several variations on the finish of this choke, but they all start the same.  The choker encircles his arm around his opponent’s neck and then applies pressure to cut off air or blood (depending on how the choke is finished).


The rear naked choke can be applied from multiple positions, including the seated back, the quarter or turtle position, or standing.  The following video demonstrates the standing version of this choke.  It was also shot at Northwest Fighting Arts during the same seminar as the previous video.



Would you like to learn how to counter the guillotine choke from the guard?  Ask a blue belt at Northwest Fighting Arts!  It’s part of the curriculum for those who wish to get their blue belts.


Also, don’t forget to catch UFC Fight Night 96 on Saturday, October 1st!  The main event features two guys known for their striking, but we can still hope for a submission finish!


Blog Posted by Coach Erik N.