Learning any submission technique from mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who have proven that they indeed practice what they preach is always best. In that spirit the nine-time UFC champion Matt Hughes is one of the best MMA trainers out there who has even put his MMA coaching skills on national display on The Ultimate Fighter season six in Fall 2007.
As a former wrestling champion it does not come as a surprise that Hughes is quite comfortable on the ground as his fight record of 43-7 including 18 wins via submission indicates. He sharpened his MMA fighting skills as a member of the Miletich Fighting System until 2007 and then started the Hughes Team at the pinnacle of his growth as fighter. Knowing fully well that you should surround yourself with the people you want to emulate, he opened the H.I.T. (Hughes Intensive Training) Squad gym in Granite City, Illinois with his fellow UFC fighters and business partners Robbie Lawler, Matt Pena and Marc Fiore.
When it comes to the rear naked choke Hughes is quite the expert and teaches it to anyone, anywhere as you can see in the video below. Naturally, the perfect opportunity for this submission technique presents itself whenever the opponent turns his back to you, which can happen in the clinch as well as on the ground. In fact, Hughes shows the rear naked choke from a stand up position in the video below. If the opponent is significantly taller you would have to jump up into a piggy back position to ensure sufficient control.
Another scenario would be during the ground and pound for example when the opponent tries to escape the punches by turning away and onto his belly. As soon as he gives up his back the rear naked choke becomes the perfect weapon to force him into tapping out.
While it is certainly important to get in the right position first, it is also vital to support the choking arm with the free arm to avoid having the opponent slip out. It is also important to get under his chin so that he cannot protect his throat. Although this choke is fairly easy to learn the right technique still matters more than speed. In other words– don’t give up if he does not tap out immediately but increase the pressure on this neck by making the grip tighter and push his head forward with the back of your free hand.
Other popular submission techniques in MMA:
- Jumping guillotine
- Triangle choke
Arm bar (variations include):
- from top position
- from side control
- from butterfly guard
- reverse armbar
- flying arm bar
- from guard
For more info on Matt Hughes:
- check out his personal website
- check out his professional fight record on Sherdog
- visit his gym’s website
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Watch the video of Matt Hughes teaching the rear naked choke below: