The Pace Choke
Some people will insist that they’d seen the “pillory choke” in a BJJ tournament prior to The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale. They’ll tell you it had a slightly different grip, or included an arm, or they’ll point to a video so grainy it could double as a sasquatch sighting. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter because no one pulled it off in MMA, especially not on its biggest stage, until Nick Pace tapped Will Campuzano.
Depending on where you’re standing, this is either one of the top submission finishes of all time, or an incredibly lucky, once in a lifetime move. A technique such as this is not unlike the fabled ‘bucking bronco‘ in that it takes a vivid imagination to come up with such a maneuver and incredible timing and coordination to land it on an unwilling partner. The easiest submissions to defend are the ones you see coming, which is exactly what makes these rare submissions so dangerous and so incredibly entertaining.