The Bulldog Choke in MMA

In this video we’re going to take a look at the Bulldog choke. It’s a rare submission that was first used in the UFC back at UFC 31 when Carlos Newton submitted Pat Miletich.

Historically the Bulldog choke has been favored by catch wrestlers because it forgoes the safety of securing solid back position and instead directly attacks the head for the submission. So instead of securing back hooks for a dominant position when going for the Bulldog choke you will attack the head and bring the body with you.

The Bulldog choke essentially becomes a modified headlock or a headlock mixed with a rear naked choke. Now in Brazilian Jiu jitsu a headlock is seen as an amateur or beginner move as it actually gives up an easy pathway to the back for the person being attacked. But if you get your hand underneath the chin and are able to sit your feet and hips out in front of the head of your opponent it becomes very difficult to execute that escape quickly.

Instead you can use your entire body weight on the head neck and draw of your opponent to choke them and also crank their neck. The Bulldog choke will most commonly be taught from side back or turtle position and it becomes a good option when the opponent is so intent on defending one side of their neck from the rear naked choke that you can come in on the other side with the Bulldog. But an opportunity for a bulldog choke can come up in many scramble situations where enough time has been had to collect the neck but not enough time to establish back hooks.

With that being said the Bulldog choke is still an uncommon submission to see in high-level MMA although at UFC 181 it was scored twice in one night by Raquel Pennington and Urijah Faber who both finished their opponents with Bulldog chokes next to the fence and the fact that it has been proven to work at that high level before means it may be a technique you want to keep in your arsenal for the future.

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The Bulldog Choke in MMA – Analysis & Study

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