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Is The Armbar Useful in MMA?

The armbar submission was once one of the most feared submissions in MMA.  Not only is it painful, it can cause serious injury if you do not tap in time.  Lately, you do not see it pulled off in top level MMA, such as the UFC, as often.  Reasons for this include fighters training submissions and submission defense a lot more, stand up fighters becoming better at takedown defense and avoiding being taken down, and to add to the difficulty of pulling an armbar off, is a sweaty and therefore slippery opponent.  

Nevertheless, there are MMA fighters that are so good at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) that they can overcome all these obstacles and still pull off a fight-ending armbar submission.  One of these fighters is Nick Diaz.  You can love or hate his personality, but what you must do is respect his ground game.  Check out this fight in Dream 14 as he trades chingasos with Hayoto "Mach" Sakurai and then.....

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