Rear Naked Choke to Armbar Transition

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 24:  Daniel Cormier ( rear) attempts to submit Dan Henderson in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 173 event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 24, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Two attacks are always going to be better than one.

Being a one trick pony is not exactly desirable for most folk. In fact, being a one trick pony (unless you have many different ways of getting that trick, e.g. Ronda Rousey, Roy Nelson, Rousimar Palhares) is a sure way to become predictable.

However, this doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice our favorite submissions or attacks. We become unpredictable by tracing our favorite submissions or attack back into the position from which it stems. For instance, if your favorite submission is a rear-naked choke, we’re going to dial that back into back mount, of course.

We’re going to consider what other submissions we can set up from the back mount position. Thankfully, there are quite a few submissions. Today, we examine the armbar. We’re going to take the rear-naked choke and turn it into an armbar: