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5 Oz. 2009 MMA Awards: Submission of the Year

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time! It has been an extraordinary year of ups and down for all of those involved in the rapidly growing world of mixed martial arts, but all things must come to an end, and it’s time for to dish out our official year end awards for the crazy year that was 2009.

We’ll be diving headfirst into a series of fifteen end of the year awards, with a new award being distributed every single day through December 31 with a special two part New Years Eve year-end award extravaganza.

In this edition we have FiveOuncesofPain’s top ten submissions of 2009, and as a special added bonus, I’ve gone ahead and included video to the top three. Enjoy:

1. Toby Imada vs. Jorge Masvidal – Bellator 5 (Inverted Triangle Choke)

2. Masakazu Imanari vs. Justin Cruz – “DEEP: Cage Impact” (Omoplata-Twister of Misery)

3. Shane Del Rosario vs. Brandon Cash – “Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista (Omoplata)

4. Brad Pickett vs. Kyle Dietz – WEC 45 (Peruvian Necktie)

5. Mackens Sermerzier vs. Wagnney Fabiano – WEC 43 (Triangle Choke)

6. Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen – UFC 95 (Triangle Choke)

7. B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian - UFC 101 (Rear-Naked Choke)

8. Seth Dikun vs. Rolando Perez – WEC 41 (Flying Triangle Choke)

9. Shinya Aoki vs. Joachim Hansen – “DREAM 11: Featherweight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round(Armbar)

10. Satoru Kitaoka vs. Takanori Gomi – “World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009(Achilles Lock) for Sengoku LW championship

Honorable Mentions (In no particular order):

Ricky Story vs. Brian Foster – UFC 103 (Arm Triangle Choke)

Bibano Fernandes vs. Joe Warren – DREAM.11: Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round (Armbar)

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Hong Man Choi – DREAM.11: Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round (Gigantor Heel Hook)

Joe Lauzon vs. Jeremy Stephens – UFC Fight Night 17 (Armbar)

Brock Larson vs. Mike Pyle – UFC 98 (Arm Triangle Choke)

Luke Rockhold vs. Cory Devela – Strikeforce Challengers: Cyborg vs. Villasenor (Rear-Naked Choke)

Luke Rockhold vs. Jesse Taylor – Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista (Rear-Naked Choke)

Mike Brown vs. Leonard Garcia – WEC 39 (Arm Triangle Choke)

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