Video: Watch the Craziest Arm Bars in Bellator MMA History

A warning: this video isn’t for the queasy. Bellator MMA has recently released a video compilation of the best and craziest arm bar finishes in the promotion’s history. Check out the video below for eight minutes of elbow-snapping fun and some beautiful jiu-jitsu.

Grappling and MMA fans will likely recognize several fighters in the above video. Top black belt competitor Aaron “Tex” Johnson, who is set to compete at the Third Coast Grappling grand prix on April 3, is featured for his lighting-fast arm bar from guard.

Also featured is Neiman Gracie, the nephew of Renzo Gracie and a former Bellator welterweight title challenger. We also see Ilima-Lei MacFarlane putting on a gruesome arm bar finish; MacFarlane will compete soon at Submission Underground 21.

Fans also won’t be surprised to see former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Lovato, Jr applying a picture-perfect armbar from his back. Lovato is widely considered one of the best American competitors in the history of jiu-jitsu. Finally, fans will likely recognize Marcelo Garcia black belt Dillon Danis earning an arm bar finish in just his second MMA fight.

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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