MMA Junkie's Submission of the Month for July: Matt Schnell scores an insane comeback

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from July 2022: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s Submission of the Month award for July. At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice. Nominees Nominee: Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC 276 Julija Stoliarenko (10-6-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) was in desperate need of a UFC win, and she finally got it with a gruesome submission of Jessica-Rose Clark. Stoliarenko avoided a fifth consecutive octagon defeat when she secured a nasty armbar that snapped Clark’s arm a mere 42 seconds into the women’s bantamweight bout. It was the second-fastest submission in divisional history behind Ronda Rousey’s 14-second win over Cat Zingano in 2015. Nominee: Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell via at UFC 276 Jalin Turner (13-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) made a statement in his lightweight fight with Brad Riddell (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), extending his winning streak to five bouts. Turner made quick work of Riddell. He cracked his opponent with a hard punch, then jumped in for a guillotine choke. He secured the submission and got the tap just 45 seconds after the bout began. Nominee: Ricky Simon def. Jack Shore at UFC on ABC 3 Ricky Simon (20-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) took some of Jack Shore’s (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) hype and placed it on himself with a sensational win in their bantamweight bout. After using his trademark grappling pressure to wear down Shore in the opening round, Simon found an opening for a clean right hand in the second frame that wobbled his opponent. He pounced on Shore and worked his way into an arm-triangle choke, securing the submission with 92 seconds left in the frame. Nominee: Matt Schnell def. Su Mudaerji at UFC on ABC 3 Matt Schnell (16-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) pulled off one of the more remarkable feats in recent memory when he rallied from what felt like certain defeat to finish Su Mudaerji (16-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in their flyweight bout. After getting worked over on the feet through the first and into the second round, Schnell turned the tables on Mudaerji and landed shots of his own before locking in a savage triangle choke to finish the job. Nominee: Reinier de Ridder def. Vitaly Bigdash at ONE Championship 159 Reinier de Ridder (16-0) did exactly what he said he was going to do against Vitaly Bigdash (12-3), and cemented himself as arguably one of the best fighters in the world in the process. De Ridder stayed unbeaten when he put Bigfash to sleep with an inverted triangle choke in the first round to defend his light heavyweight title. The winner The winner: Matt Schnell Schnell will find himself in the Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year and Comeback of the Year conversation when 2022 is a wrap after a thrilling, almost unfathomable rally against Mudaerji. Schnell pulled off an insane rally to submit Mudaerji in the second round. But to get the win, which got him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, he had to go through the proverbial hell of an onslaught of punishment from Mudaerji’s relentless elbow attacks. “I thought I won the first round,” Schnell told MMA Junkie at the post-event news conference. “So when people are saying ‘craziest comeback ever,’ I’m like ‘I won the first round. What are you talking about?’ But I guess I was stepping in potholes out there and took some clean elbows and took some clean punches. He had me hurt. He had me close to out of there. But your boy’s a dog. I’d rather not take punishment.” Schnell pulled out the win after a two-fight skid, and he said there were some doubts in his mind, as a fighter, during the hard times. “It means everything,” Schnell said. “I’m trying to get out here and win fights, and sometimes, when things aren’t going your way, you start feeling like you don’t have it anymore or something like that. But my wife, my team, the people around me – we know we’re just one performance away from being back on top, and look at us: Here we go. We’ve got everyone’s attention now.” Jalin Turner, Julija Stoliarenko, Matt Schnell, ONE Championship 159, Reinier de Ridder, Ricky Simon, Social, UFC 276, UFC on ABC 3, News, ONE Championship, UFC

MMA Junkie's Submission of the Month for July: Matt Schnell scores an insane comeback

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from July 2022: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s Submission of the Month award for July.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

Nominees

Nominee: Julija Stoliarenko def. Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC 276

Julija Stoliarenko (10-6-2 MMA, 1-4 UFC) was in desperate need of a UFC win, and she finally got it with a gruesome submission of Jessica-Rose Clark.

Stoliarenko avoided a fifth consecutive octagon defeat when she secured a nasty armbar that snapped Clark’s arm a mere 42 seconds into the women’s bantamweight bout. It was the second-fastest submission in divisional history behind Ronda Rousey’s 14-second win over Cat Zingano in 2015.

Nominee: Jalin Turner def. Brad Riddell via at UFC 276

Jalin Turner (13-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) made a statement in his lightweight fight with Brad Riddell (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), extending his winning streak to five bouts.

Turner made quick work of Riddell. He cracked his opponent with a hard punch, then jumped in for a guillotine choke. He secured the submission and got the tap just 45 seconds after the bout began.

Nominee: Ricky Simon def. Jack Shore at UFC on ABC 3

Ricky Simon (20-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) took some of Jack Shore’s (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) hype and placed it on himself with a sensational win in their bantamweight bout.

After using his trademark grappling pressure to wear down Shore in the opening round, Simon found an opening for a clean right hand in the second frame that wobbled his opponent. He pounced on Shore and worked his way into an arm-triangle choke, securing the submission with 92 seconds left in the frame.

Nominee: Matt Schnell def. Su Mudaerji at UFC on ABC 3

Matt Schnell (16-6 MMA, 6-4 UFC) pulled off one of the more remarkable feats in recent memory when he rallied from what felt like certain defeat to finish Su Mudaerji (16-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in their flyweight bout.

After getting worked over on the feet through the first and into the second round, Schnell turned the tables on Mudaerji and landed shots of his own before locking in a savage triangle choke to finish the job.

Nominee: Reinier de Ridder def. Vitaly Bigdash at ONE Championship 159

Reinier de Ridder (16-0) did exactly what he said he was going to do against Vitaly Bigdash (12-3), and cemented himself as arguably one of the best fighters in the world in the process.

De Ridder stayed unbeaten when he put Bigfash to sleep with an inverted triangle choke in the first round to defend his light heavyweight title.

The winner

The winner: Matt Schnell

Schnell will find himself in the Submission of the Year, Fight of the Year and Comeback of the Year conversation when 2022 is a wrap after a thrilling, almost unfathomable rally against Mudaerji.

Schnell pulled off an insane rally to submit Mudaerji in the second round. But to get the win, which got him a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, he had to go through the proverbial hell of an onslaught of punishment from Mudaerji’s relentless elbow attacks.

“I thought I won the first round,” Schnell told MMA Junkie at the post-event news conference. “So when people are saying ‘craziest comeback ever,’ I’m like ‘I won the first round. What are you talking about?’ But I guess I was stepping in potholes out there and took some clean elbows and took some clean punches. He had me hurt. He had me close to out of there. But your boy’s a dog. I’d rather not take punishment.”

Schnell pulled out the win after a two-fight skid, and he said there were some doubts in his mind, as a fighter, during the hard times.

“It means everything,” Schnell said. “I’m trying to get out here and win fights, and sometimes, when things aren’t going your way, you start feeling like you don’t have it anymore or something like that. But my wife, my team, the people around me – we know we’re just one performance away from being back on top, and look at us: Here we go. We’ve got everyone’s attention now.”

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