After a 2020 that saw countless event cancellations due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, competitive jiu-jitsu and submission grappling returned with an essentially full schedule in 2021. In honor of the year’s best moments, FloGrappling has released a highlight video of what it deems the best 21 submissions of 2021.
Check out that video below.
Taking the top spot is FloGrappling’s best submission of the year, Grace Gundrum’s twister on Jessa Khan in the semifinals of the Who’s Number One (WNO) 115-pound championship tournament.
To nobody’s surprise, the highlight video also features submissions from twin brothers Tye and Kade Ruotolo. Tye Ruotolo’s modified arm-in guillotine on Dante Leon at the WNO Championships takes the number 13 spot, while Kade Ruotolo’s buggy choke on Cole Franson gets him the number four spot.
We also see a number of championship-winning submissions. Rafaela Guedes, Grappling Insider’s best female no-gi grappler of the year, earned the number 19 spot with her guillotine on Kendall Reusing that also earned her the WNO title. Diego “Pato” Oliveira’s brutal kneebar on Josh Cisneros won him the IBJJF no-gi Worlds and the number nine spot. Rookie black belt Fabricio Andrey secured the IBJJF world championship and the number eight spot with his triangle on Jamil Hill-Taylor. Tim Spriggs won the WNO heavyweight belt and the number seven spot with his shocking heel hook on Kaynan Duarte.