View Full Version : The Triangle Hall of Fame

02-24-2011, 07:29 PM
From BloodyElbow.com:

We're back with another installment in the "Hall of Fame" series. People really enjoyed the Guillotine Hall of Fame (http://bjjinmma.com/blogs/best-guillotine-choke) article and so we wanted to add another one to the list. This time we will cover the best of the best in the triangle department. Getting caught in a triangle sucks. If you haven't ever experienced it, imagine this: A man wraps his legs around your head, putting your face dangerously close to his genitalia. Now not only has he just demoralized you but now he starts to squeeze. You slowly start to notice that your world is getting darker and you can see your dead grandma standing in the light at the end of a very dark tunnel. And to top it all off, the final farewell before he shuts your brain off is the smell of another man's crotch. And we call this sport fun....what's wrong with us.
First, let's explain what a triangle choke is. It's a blood choke that uses the submission artists legs to apply pressure on the opponents neck. As the squeeze gets tighter and as the opponents arm is pushed across their body, it slowly stops blood flow to the brain, causing the recipient to lose consciousness. If you don't know how to perform a triangle, you can head over to our submissions page (http://bjjinmma.com/submissions) and get the breakdowns for this and many other submissions.
#5 Royce Gracie vs. Dan Severn

It's been said a million times but if not for Royce Gracie, there would be no lists like this. Royce Gracie brought his "magical" fighting style to America and introduced it to the world thru the Ultimate Fighting Championship (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/promotion/ufc). http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_zz3p63WSXZE/TRKsiMoDEZI/AAAAAAAABJ8/TdUdxhzK1og/s1600/13.gifIt's an amazing story of how Royce was even picked to fight in the UFC. The Gracie family had a lot of family members who were physically more intimidating than Royce, but the family wanted to prove that there style was superior despite size and strength. There was no better example of this than when Royce stepped into the octagon with Dan Severn at UFC 4. Severn outweighed Gracie by nearly a hundred pounds. After 16 minutes of fighting, Royce was finally able to lock in the triangle. It's an amazing thing to watch as you see Royce lock it in and hold it for a long time and Dan has absolutely no idea what is going on until he is finally forced to tap. Even though we have seen slicker triangles since, you just can't beat the original.
#4 Demian Maia (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/122560/demian-maia) vs Ed Herman

Demian Maia is widely considered one of the best BJJ practitioners in MMA. Maia is 8-2 in the UFC and has had two of the most spectacular triangles during his stay. http://i31.tinypic.com/2dt6vlt.gifThe Chael Sonnen (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/122570/chael-sonnen) triangle was impressive but we choose to go with his dismantling of Ed Herman at UFC 83. We already discussed how bad it is to be caught in a triangle. Now add to that, a man on top of you punching you in the face. Never mind you can't breathe, now you only have one arm to defend his punches while he's on top of you. Even the transition to mount after he locked in the triangle was a thing of beauty. This is one of my all time favorites and you can't help but feeling terrible for Ed Herman
#3 Seth Dikun vs Rolando Perez

Does anybody remember the WEC? Man, I miss those days. Free fights that were some of the most exciting cards in the world. Now, they've teamed up with big brother and I have to shell out cash to see this kind of thing. http://i42.tinypic.com/ivedjk.gifWell, enough whining. Flying arm bars are hard enough to get but a flying triangle! Dikun gets an under-hook on Perez's right side and leaps into the air whipping his left leg over the arm and up onto the should of Perez dragging him to the ground. It was a great move but what was more impressive is how simple he made it look. There were a million things that could have gone wrong in that 2 second span but somehow he was able to pull it off. From there, it was a simple matter of tightening it down and waiting for the tap. Dang, I miss the WEC.
#2 Fedor Emelianenko (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/122490/fedor-emelianenko) vs Febricio Werdum

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t169/Inspectorchao/MMA/FedorTAPS.gifNo explanation needed. But, we're going to waste your time and give you one anyway. Also known as "the tap heard round the world", Febricio Werdum was facing a man considered unbeatable. Fedor had earned that title by going nine years without a loss. Werdum entered the fight at +375. If you don't know what that means, it means that Vegas and the rest of the world expected Fedor to go into the cage and treat Werdum like Micheal Vick treats his dogs. Ohh, too soon? Anyway, it wasn't good for Werdum. Werum got rocked early, although Werdum claims this was part of his "plan". Yeah, I'm sure you meant to take some knuckles to the chin from "The Last Emperor" before implementing your plan but then again, it actually worked.
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t169/Inspectorchao/MMA/SLOMOFedorTaps.gifFedor followed Werdum to the ground and with complete disgard for his own health, kept leaping back into the gaurd of Werdum. Werdum was able to lock up the choke and Fedor fought it for a while before that infamous moment. The lonely single tap.

#1 Toby Imada vs Jorge Masvidal

Toby Imada will be making "greatest submissions" lists for decades to come for this one. It's probably best described as an inverted triangle although others will state that the inverted triangle is something else. Whatever you label it, it was a "HOLY !#$#@" moment. Imada was facing Jorge Masvidal at Bellator Championships 5 when he showcased this beauty. Imada claims it was a move he works on often and it wasn't the first time he has attempted this move in a fight. Masvidal makes the mistake of picking up Imada allowing the choke to get even deeper. This triangle displays just how powerful a blood choke can be. You can obviously see that Masvidal isn't losing his breathe but rather the lights just get turned off upstairs from the pressure of Imada's calf and Masvidal's own left arm. You see him turn from "I got this, I got this, I got this" to limp noodle in no time at all. The combination of the crazy inverted triangle & the spectacular fashion in which Masvidal falls, easily makes this #1.

So, we know we didn't get them all. I can already think of some others that are up there. Chael Sonnen vs Demian Maia, Vinny Magalhaes vs Alihan Magomedov, Nate Diaz (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/128663/nate-diaz) vs Kurt Pellegrino (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/129226/kurt-pellegrino), Cole Miller (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/122645/cole-miller) vs Dan Lauzon.

02-25-2011, 07:48 PM
no anderson v. chael? or was that a triangle transitioned to an armbar ...

02-25-2011, 08:31 PM
I donít think that one made the list because most people wanted Fael to either win or get knocked out, not submitted.

Miss Foxy
02-25-2011, 09:57 PM
no anderson v. chael? or was that a triangle transitioned to an armbar ...

Creep!! Leave my Chael alone.. :angry:

02-27-2011, 05:15 AM
I loved that Maia choke!

02-27-2011, 06:26 PM
i think the newton/hughes triangle should be on this ... newton, the first person to put someone out with a triangle only to get ko'd for it and lose ... LOL .. greatest ever ..