Lets to take a look at the Bulldog choke. It’s a rare submission first used in the UFC back at UFC 31 when Carlos Newton submitted Pat Miletich.
Historically the Bulldog choke has been
The Bulldog choke essentially becomes a modified headlock or a headlock mixed with a rear-naked choke. In Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, a headlock is seen as an amateur or beginner move as it gives up an easy pathway to the back for the person being attacked. But if you get your hand underneath the chin and can sit your feet and hips out in front of the head of your opponent, it becomes challenging to execute that escape quickly.
With that being said, the Bulldog choke is still an uncommon submission to see in high-level MMA. However, at UFC 181, it was scored twice in one night by Raquel Pennington and Urijah Faber. They 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.
Bulldog Choke References
Olavarria, P. (2014). The Bulldog Choke: Catch Wrestling Renaissance | FIGHTLAND. Retrieved from http://fightland.vice.com/blog/the-bulldog-choke-catch-wrestling-renaissance
Zahar, C. (2016). Is The Bulldog Choke Part Of Your Jiu-Jitsu Arsenal?. Retrieved from https://www.jiujitsutimes.com/bulldog-choke-part-jiu-jitsu-arsenal/
Andrew Lalnunmawia Vs Chandan Yadav SFL CONTENDERS: https://youtu.be/_nWeNthbAI0
BAMMA 29: Terry Brazier vs Walter Gahadza: https://youtu.be/EGS2y9llGBI
Ben Jones – Bulldog Choke: https://youtu.be/14yYfGX7Jsc
Bulldog Choke Instructional from Phuket Top Team: https://youtu.be/dUghLQe12cE
Catch Wrestling: Attacking the Turtle w/Crossface Neck Crank & Bulldog Choke: Legit Pro Wrestling: https://youtu.be/vs8wPYjRqDk
Erik Paulson teaching Catch as catch can
Fight Replay Tim Elliott vs Charlie Alaniz: https://youtu.be/gqpyHzqJ9yU
Mike Murphy vs Kolby Howell: https://youtu.be/xcHYrylAVDE
No-Gi Choke Bulldog Choke with Coach Robert Follis: https://youtu.be/TfJl3S2FIh0
RUBICON II Josh Huber vs Manuel Gallardo: https://youtu.be/GSTygO5XDQE