Jon Jones got submission of the night, but perhaps the slickest bit of jiu jitsu at UFC 152 came from Vinny Magalhaes. The TUF veteran and decorated grappler rolled for an armbar that was the stuff GIFs are made of, submitting Pokrajac in the first round. You probably remember it, because it made you so angry. As Pokrajac pointed out the next day on Twitter, you wanted to see a fight:
It’s possible that Pokrajac let his emotions get the better of him when he tweeted that. His loss to Magalhaes snapped a three-fight win streak that included a win over fellow unspellable Krzysztof Soszynski. In this time of bereavement, however, it’s worth remembering how Pokrajac got to UFC 152 in the first place.
The Duke lost his first two fights in the UFC—to the venerable Vladimir Matyushenko and the easily angered James Te Huna, respectively—and was on the verge of the dreaded three-fight skid. Then, in August of 2010, he defeated James Irvin by rear naked choke. Granted, he smashed Irvin in the face with several non-grappling strikes before that, but the fact remains that he won via tactics they don’t let you use in K-1.
Here’s hoping Pokrajac rebounds from his loss and enjoys a long run in the light heavyweight division. Better submission defenses than his have fallen to Magalhaes. It would be a shame for the Duke to move to some other sport that doesn’t allow arm bars. Historically, those are the fights UFC fans don’t want to see.
(Dan Brooks runs Combat Blog, the bestest political commentary blog out there. We at Fightlinker have been popping major nerdboners over his site for a while, so it’s with great excitement that we have him here as a special guestblogger for the entire month of September.)
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