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A Rare Submission At Dream.17


by Subaru Muroi
This past Friday night at Dream 17 in Japan, a rare submission won a fight for Ikuhisa Minowa in a super-heavyweight bout against Baru Harn.  Also known as Minowa-man, this catch-wrestler won his 90th professional fight via a shoulder lock from the scarf hold position.
Despite Frank Shamrock (retired fighter and ring announcer) claiming it was a neck crank, the tap came due to the arm being tucked under the leg from the scarf-hold position causing extreme pressure at the shoulder similar to a key-lock.  The neck was held to prevent from turning towards the arm and defend the submission. 
This submission is quite common in grappling matches; however it rarely makes an appearance in professional MMA.  Not to discredit Minowa, who has won 33 of his fights by submissions, but Baru Harn’s experience (now 1-2) may have played a factor in the rare submission finish as this was clearly a mismatch. 

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Jeremy Brand is an experienced MMA writer and columnist. He is the founder of, and has represented the company with media credentials at many mixed martial arts fights. Jeremy is also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, training in BC, Canada.

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