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Submissions for Suckas: Peruvian Necktie

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In an ongoing series, MMASucka will break down the origins of a submission, talk about some of its famous users, and so much more. You might even get a video breakdown by fighters in the MMA world! Be sure to come back each week to see what will be the next Submission for Suckas. Check out last week’s article on the D’Arce choke with video demo made for MMASucka by Joe D’Arce. Now learn all about the Peruvian Necktie. 

Similar to its homonym, the Peruvian Necktie in the world of MMA or BJJ can be just as deadly as the one in the gang world. It is one of the rarer submissions seen today due to the inherent danger of going for the maneuver and putting yourself in a bad position.

The Origins of the Peruvian Necktie

As the name would indicate, the Peruvian Necktie is named in honor of a Peruvian who invented the move. Tony DeSouza is credited with developing the move while doing his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt training under John Lewis and Andre Pederneiras.

DeSouza’s creation was a modification to the guillotine choke which was quickly picked up on in the BJJ world. Since its development, the Peruvian Necktie has always been a crowd pleaser and a submission very rarely witnessed in the higher levels of combat sports. Statistically, it’s similar to a perfect game in baseball or a 2,000 rushing yard season in American Football.

The Gerbi Choke

In August 2013, the Peruvian Necktie invaded the world of Judo. Israeli judoka, Yarden Gerbi, used the maneuver to win both her semi-final and final bouts. The very rare submission brought Israel their first-ever gold medal at the Judo World Championships.

Known as the Suso Jime in the Judo world, the maneuver sparked a debate in the community of its legality in competition. The move was banned from competition about one month after the 2013 Judo World Championships. As a result, Gerbi stated in response to her victory for Israel in the World Championships:

“I got three marriage proposals.”

The Technique

MMASucka owes a huge thank you to Johnny Campbell of South Shore Sportfighting for this thoughtful, in-depth instructional on the Peruvian Necktie.

Notable Uses in Professional MMA Bouts

The Doberman with the UFC’s First Peruvian Necktie

Probably the most popular and known usage of the Peruvian Necktie finish in a major organization is C.B Dollaway’s finish of Jesse Taylor at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin in July 2008.

CB Dollaway Peruvian Necktie

CB Dollaway hits a nasty Peruvian Necktie on JT Money.

Dollaway earned Submission of the Night as well. It could also be a surprise that Dollaway pulled off the first UFC Peruvian Necktie, being he is only a purple belt in BJJ. Joe Rogan called it as Dollaway was locking it in, also stating it was Dollaway’s favorite move on The Ultimate Fighter television show. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson can be seen during the season being placed in the maneuver by Dollaway.

“One Punch” With One Amazing Submission Move

Brad “One Punch” Pickett made his WEC debut in amazing fashion at WEC 45 in December 2009. Pickett made his promotional debut against Kyle Dietz. Late in the second round, Pickett was able to lock in the Peruvian Necktie. He too earned Submission of the Night honors. Pickett has earned 10 submission wins in his career but on that night, he collected his only Peruvian Necktie finish.

Pat Curran Lands Bellator’s Peruvian Necktie

Pat Curran finished one of his seven career submission finishes with a Peruvian Necktie. Curran’s victory came against Luis Palomino at Bellator 46 on June 25, 2011, almost two years after Pickett’s finish. Curran’s finish came in the featherweight tournament, vaulting him to the semi-finals. Curran chained together a series of submissions, ultimately earning the tap with the necktie.

Come back next week as MMASucka highlights another amazing submission that will always wow MMA fans.

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Matt's love and passion for martial arts began at the age of four with Taekwondo. Matt later trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu while serving nearly ten years in law enforcement. Matt has just recently discovered his passion of writing on mixed martial arts.

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