A.J. McKee’s first-round submission win against Darrion Caldwell was an easy choice for our Submission of the Year award in 2020.
It’s rare for a submission victory to stun fans and media members simultaneously. But this seemingly happened after McKee forced Caldwell to tap from a nasty neck crank.
The position itself isn’t all that uncommon, however. In 10th Planet gyms, the modified full guard position is better known as the “100% sweep,” or simply, “100%,” and is renowned for being a highly effective setup for sweeps.
But there’s a brutal neck crank available from the position, as well, and that’s what McKee hit Caldwell with at Bellator 253.
McKee’s 71-second submission was enough to win first-place honors from five of our six members here at The Body Lock. Honorable mentions include Ayaka Hamasaki’s impressive leg-scissor choke against Miyuu Yamamoto at RIZIN 26 and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s triangle choke submission against Justin Gaethje.
Full results for The Body Lock’s 2020 Submission of the Year award:
- McKee def. Caldwell (15)
- Hamasaki def. Yamamoto (6)
- Khabib def. Gaethje (6)
In a video posted to The Body Lock’s YouTube channel, Matthew Wells and Drake Riggs shared their thoughts on McKee’s Submission of the Year.
- Wells voted McKee (#1), Nurmagomedov (#2), and Sterling (#3)
- Riggs voted Hamasaki (#1), Chochlikova (#2), and Shinryu (#3)
AJ McKee’s first-round submission win deserving of first-place in our Submission of the Year category in 2020? Or did you prefer another submission?
We’d love to see your opinion in the comments section below!
Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.