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Like a Boss: Reliving Eight of the Greatest Walk-Off Submissions in MMA History

Dan Miller vs. Dave Phillips – IFL: 2007 Semifinals

Otherwise known as the “Did he Died?” choke.

You guys remember the IFL? What a concept that was, producing such future MMA stars as Roy Nelson and…others. Anyway, here’s Dan Miller playing a game of human hangman with Dave Phillips at the IFL 2007 Semifinals. Phillips clearly ran out of body parts before completing the word Miller picked, but considering that word was “razzmatazz,” we think it’s safe to assume that Miller was cheating.

Ryo Chonan vs. Anderson Silva – Pride Shockwave 2004

(Photo via MMAMania)

Otherwise known as the most shocking walk-off submission in MMA History.

What would a walk-off submission list (or any submission list, really) be without Ryo Chonan’s flying scissor heel hook of Anderson Silva? It had all the classic elements of a great MMA fight; a massive underdog, an ultra slick, multi-promotional champion with dance moves like a golden God, an insane come-from-behind victory, and a submission for the history books. Let’s allow Josh Barnett to talk us through it:

Chonan’s submission was so lightning-quick that he was able to mercifully release the hold before the likely dumbfounded ref could even intervene, sparing the future legend an unnecessary trip to the emergency room in the process. And the look on Chonan’s face after securing the submission? Somewhere between Not Bad Obama and Fuck Yea on the Rage Face scale of self-aware awesomeness.

Not a word of that last sentence made sense.

Chris Lytle vs. Dan Hardy – UFC Live 5

(Photo via Getty Images. Check out a full video of the fight here.) 

Otherwise known as the final triumph of a sure-to-be Hall-of-Famer, Chris Lytle’s third round guillotining of Dan Hardy may not have been the high-profile victory he could have hoped to go out on (Hardy had dropped his previous 3 contests), but it did contain all of the elements of classic “Lights Out” fight. After handing in his letter of resignation to Dana White at the event’s weigh-ins, Lytle put on an absolute clinic against Hardy, mixing his trademark wild haymakers with some of the more brutal body shots in recent memory to keep Hardy on his heels for the majority of the first round.

Having arguably taken the second round of the back-and-forth slugfest, Hardy attempted to snatch a victory out of Lytle’s hands by securing a takedown at the end of the third. He made a huge mistake, and Lytle made him pay for it almost immediately, securing a tight, mounted guillotine that forced Hardy to tap with under a minute remaining in the fight. It was the first time Hardy had been submitted in the UFC, which is saying something when you consider the three ring circus of subs Georges St. Pierre put him through at UFC 111. 

With the victory, Lytle “walked-off” (STRETCH) into the sunset with *two* more performance bonuses, a new motorcycle, and the hearts of MMA fans far and wide.

And finally…

Cody McKenzie vs. Marc Stevens – TUF 12 Ep. 6

Otherwise known as the single greatest victory from the single greatest cast-member in The Ultimate Fighter History, Cody McKenzie’s 16-second signature chokeout of Marc Stevens on TUF 10 was made all the more memorable thanks to Stevens’ pre-fight arrogance and Josh Koscheck’s completely dumbfounded post-fight application of lip balm. The icing on the cake, however, had to be the pure amount of psychological manipulation that this man:

used to set up the fight-ending submission itself.

Rewatching McKenzie vs. Stevens in hindsight is essentially like experiencing Detective Kujon’s revelation at the end of The Usual Suspects. Here you had some (seemingly) harmless dimwit who was so obviously outmatched by Team Koscheck’s #1 pick that even the man himself was joking about the mismatch to any camera within shouting distance in the days leading up to it. “He’s a better wrestler than me, probably a better striker, probably faster too.” — Cody McKenzie.

So what does McKenzie do once the fight actually begins? He rushes across the ring and starts throwing kicks straight out of a Brooklyn McDojo – pretty much the opposite of what one should do against a wrestler – and it isn’t until after said wrestler is being lifelessly rolled into the arms of Steve Mazzagatti (who is apparently worse at recognizing guillotines than he is armbars. Also, kneebars.) that you realize the whole thing was a setup perpetrated by the mind of a tobacco-chewing idiot savant.

The foregoing of the glove tap, the James Thompson-esque gong dash, the kicks — they were nothing more than a series of red herrings designed to lead Stevens down a path that could only end in his untimely exit from the show. McKenzie somehow knew this and played Stevens (and us all) better than Charlie Daniels plays a fiddle. And in that moment, the mixed martial arts world once again became convinced that the Devil really did exist.

Honorable Mention: This.

Are there any submissions that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments section. 

-J. Jones

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NuclearSun- June 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm
If the opponent taps or the ref intervenes it is not a walk off submission.

This article is full of fail.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm
myklhoey- June 27, 2013 at 1:13 pm
Dana white sure called that, in regards to Fitches career, po lill bugga,
I feel bad cause he seme like a nice dude but at the same time i think of the countless hours i sat watching this guy hetroly hump anther man for 15 minutes, that fucking ben betta learn a lesson from this shit
danomite- June 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm
I think mazz did a good job with the mcKenzie guillotine. he actually showed some concern for the unconscious man's well-being that time. As much as I dislike mir, his snap of Tim Silvia's arm has to be there, unless I'm not understanding this whole 'walkoff sub' concept.
crappiefloper- June 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm
all right, ive decided to rock Shinya Aoki's outfit for the next no-gi tourney. and also probly fourth of july.
also, can you show a vid of an unconcious 15 yr old to this crowd. i dunno.....
El Guapo- June 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Aoki-san is evil as the dutchess, mang. And no Frank Mirrrrr?
J.Jones- June 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm
@2dd and coolsnow - We are currently working on resolving our mobile web issues. Your patience and feedback is appreciated.
coolsnow7- June 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm
What 2dd is saying is that the mobile version of this page is oh so very broken.
2DaDeath- June 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm
Uh yeah you missed the other 6 submissions...