(Fight via The Nemesis Fighting Alliance)
Here at CagePotato, we make mistakes. Often. Perhaps more often than not.
Case in point: Last year, we declared Wolfgang Janssen’s flying reverse triangle to be the greatest submission of 2012 at the 2012 Potato Awards. We comp’d a limosine and hotel room for Janssen so he could be present at the ceremony, we bestowed him with a Golden Potato, the highest known award in MMA. Hell, we even picked up the tab for the high class Vietnamese prostitute that Danga insisted Wolfgang “try out.” Weird guy, that Danga.
Long story short, it appears that we might have made a mistake in bestowing Janssen with the aforementioned award. While there’s no denying how incredible his submission was, the video above, which was recorded in June of 2012 but has only recently gone viral, features an arguably more impressive one. Who are we kidding? It’s one of the most technically improbable submissions we’ve ever seen — some bastard offspring of a Omoplata, Twister, Rear Naked Choke and Peruvian Necktie that simply needs to be seen to be believed.
After a back and forth battle, Coty Shannon is taken down by Brian Borden midway through the second round (around the 4:20 mark). Shannon quickly locks up an omoplata, but rather than use it to set up a traditional sweep, he just sort of grabs Borden around the neck with his forearms and starts cranking. Too busy trying to defend the omoplata, Borden is left hung out to dry and goes limp almost instantly.
While perhaps a more competent referee would have noticed that Borden was out for a good six seconds before this one did, we’re going to assume that in this case, the third man in the cage was too busy trying to understand what the hell he was witnessing, hence his delayed reaction. It’s not a great excuse, but if a veteran UFC official like Steve Mazzagatti still can’t recognize a guillotine choke until one fighter is standing over the other’s lifeless body, we guess everyone is entitled to the occasional screw up.
So congratulations, Coty, your retroactive award for the greatest submission of 2012 is in the mail, along with a complimentary CP t-shirt. Let us know when you receive them!