ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

Finishes in MMA are never to be downplayed, but, quite frankly, not all submissions are created equally.

Sure, it's exciting to see a striker land a submission victory, or a wrestler knock out an opponent, but rear naked chokes and armbars have become routine. Instead, we're taking this moment to spotlight the rarely seen standing guillotine choke, a move so infrequent, many MMA fans have never actually seen one in the flesh, or at least on a live televised broadcast.

Here's with a little background ...

The standing guillotine is special because there's a certain nostalgia behind the technique. It's how earned his first UFC finish, and how disposed of Lyoto Machida. It's a wicked finishing move, and the closest thing to a Mortal Kombat-like Shang Tsung soul snatching (yes, we went there).

Here is a collection of some of the more noteworthy chokes:

Chris Weidman

  • Opponent: Jesse Bongfeldt
  • Event: UFC 131

While working his way up through the UFC's middleweight division, a young Weidman was wrecking opponents. His standing-guillotine finish of Bongfeldt was one of his most impressive performances of his career.

Jon Jones

  • Opponent: Lyoto Machida
  • Event: UFC 140

On the way to becoming arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all-time, Jon Jones finished with a beautiful standing guillotine choke. A finish that'll forever hold a high place on Jones' highlight reel.

Sam Alvey

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Brad Rempel / USA TODAY Sports
  • Opponent: Eric Spicely
  • Event: UFC Fight Night 91

"Smilin" Sam Alvey added a highlight-worthy finish to his resume when he choked out Eric Spicely with his standing guillotine. Alvey has proven to be one of the UFC's most active fighters, and with finishes like this who is going to complain?

Rob Whiteford

  • Opponent: Nam Phan
  • Event: ACB 54

Whiteford wasted no time finishing his 54 opponent with his standing guillotine. This submission victory was recorded less than a minute into the first round.

Previously on : Dan Henderson.


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