In this analysis, I’m going to give a quick breakdown of the Suloev stretch submission. A hamstring submission executed from back mount as your opponent tripods to escape. The Suloev stretch is a name coined by writer KJ Gould after the Armenian MMA fighter Amar Suloev who you can see using it here to submit Paul Cahoon. Amar previously fought in the UFC against Chuck Liddell and Phil Baroni.

Suloev Stretch in Folkstyle Wrestling

The move is very reminiscent of the banana split submission which has been used to get a tap in MMA, but the banana splits is executed from only one hook in and from a cross body ride where you will reach across and grab the far leg of the opponent. It is also used in folk style wrestling matchs where both boots are thrown in and as the opponent stands and tripods the leg is grabbed and used to off-balance the opponent knocking them over and securing back points.

Suloev Stretch in MMA

And there are some additional examples of its use in MMA when you have your opponent’s back and they tripod up to throw you off the top of their shoulders, it will bring you closer to their foot which you can grab to then peel back and apply the submission. While it may look like a knee bar the majority of the pressure is being placed onto the hamstring hence the stretch name. While it’s not advisable to get that high on your opponent’s back to look for the submission, it does give you an option if you do find yourself there.

Suloev Stretch in the UFC

Aljamain Sterling had previously looked for it ina UFC bout against Renan BarĂ£o but he escaped. But the first successful application of the Suloev Stretch in the UFC belongs to Kenny Robinson in his match against Brock Jardine where again Brock tripods up and Kenny reaches down and grabs his ankle extending his hips and pulling back on Brock’s leg to obtain the submission. And that was the only example of it being used in the UFC until of course Zabit and Aljamain Sterling both got same evening. I hope you enjoyed this quick look at the Suloev Stretch.