(Props: Nightmare of Battle)
Masanori Kanehara thinks you can, and at his open workout in Tokyo he told media members that that’s how he intends to beat Chan Sung Jung, also known as “The Korean Zombie,” (that’s who he’s supposedly preparing for in the above photo, but man what a cheap zombie mask) in the Sengoku featherweight Grand Prix. Conventional wisdom has always held that the best way to deal with a zombie is by destroying the brain or removing the head, preferably by doing something awesome/gruesome.
But the rear naked choke? I guess that could work, though your risk of getting bitten while sinking in the choke seems pretty high. Still better than an armbar or guillotine choke, though. And don’t even think about trying to heelhook one of those suckers.
Basically, to sum up: if there is a zombie attack and you are forced to choose which MMA fighter to team up with until the whole thing blows over, Demian Maia is probably not your safest pick. Your first instinct might be to go with Fedor Emelianenko, but lest you forget, he’s lived with some fear issues when it comes to darkness. Something to think about.
On a related note, the zombie embodies man’s fear of the crushing force of society and conformity. Discuss.