Nguyen | Half-Year Awards – The Submissions

4 – Demetrious Johnson-Wilson Reis ( Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS )

Demetrious Johnson’s April victory over Wilson Reis earns a spot here not just because of its historic nature (he tied Anderson Silva’s record for most successful UFC title defenses), but because he continued to show why he’s one of the best ever. Yes, Johnson has a well-rounded skill set that has him able to handle himself wherever a fight goes, but when you sink in an armbar on a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt like Reis and finish him, that’s just another feather in the cap of the man known as “Mighty Mouse.” Mighty indeed.

5- Ben Nguyen-Tim Elliott ( Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS )

The odds were not in favor of a Ben Nguyen victory when the Australia-based South Dakotan took on Tim Elliott in June. Originally expected to face Joseph Benavidez, Nguyen instead got Elliott on short notice when Benavidez got injured, and now he had to face a dervish who was coming off five rounds with Demetrious Johnson and a win over Louis Smolka. But Nguyen fought furious fire with furious fire, and in one of Elliott’s trademark scrambles, Nguyen caught him and finished him with a rear naked choke. And it only took 49 seconds.

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