Toby Imada's Triangle Choke On Jorge Masvidal Is Still The Greatest Submission In MMA History
Toby Imada's inverted triangle on Jorge Masvidal is still the greatest submission in MMA history.
Imada caught Masvidal in a truly unique choke back in 2009 at Bellator 5 and his submission remains one of the greatest stoppages inside a cage.
In their lightweight main-event bout, Masvidal repeatedly tagged Imada. He was lighting him up in the first and second round before Imada completely changed the course of the fight with a jaw-dropping moment.
Imada applied a triangle choke whilst straddling on Masvidal's back, then locked in the submission to choke out his opponent in stunning fashion in the third round.
Naturally, he won 'Submission of the Year' at the World MMA awards as well as a shot at then-Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez. He lost the bout and fell off the radar.
Masvidal, on the other hand, refused to be the guy 'who lost to Imada in the craziest submission' as he persevered to complete a remarkable career turnaround.
"Nah it wasn't," he told Ariel Helwani when reflecting on his defeat to Imada. "I knew for a fact, life had hit me so much harder than anything you've seen in my pro career.
"Life at the age of like 12/13 had hit me way harder, choked me out way harder than anything I had come in contact with in the sports world."
The 34-year-old went onto fight in Strikeforce before moving to the UFC following the premiere MMA organisation buying out their rival promotion.
And he's enjoying his most prolific run in the UFC. Masvidal resurrected his career with knockouts over Darren Till and Ben Askren.
He stopped Till before destroying Askren with a flying knee in just five seconds to record the fastest knockout in UFC history.
He now faces Nate Diaz for the 'BMF' title at UFC 244.