How to MMA: Antonio Carlos Junior breaks down his notoriously effective rear-naked choke

We bring you some good news and some bad news today.

The good news is that if you’re looking for tips on how to perfect your rear-naked choke, you’re in luck.

The bad news is that if you’re unable to get the technique right after being coached by a man who scored five UFC wins with it, you might just be a lost cause.

In the first installment of our “How to MMA” series, we bring you a step-by-step tutorial by Antonio Carlos Junior (10-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), kindly referred to as “Shoe Face.” To break down his favorite technique, the Brazilian grappling ace brought along a pretty special co-star: UFC standout Thiago “Marreta” Santos.

Junior shot this video for MMAjunkie before an injury knocked him out of a UFC Fight Night 137 meeting with Elias Theodorou. The bout was rescheduled shortly afterward, but Junior’s recovery would take longer than originally expected, and he had to withdraw again.

Still, “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” winner was riding three straight rear-naked choke wins – over Eric Spicely, Jack Marshman and Tim Boetsch – at the time of this grappling lesson. Out of the his 10 career wins, eight came via submission.

It’s still unclear when Junior, who had surgery on his arm last month, will be able to return to the octagon. But, hey, at least we’ve got these few minutes of grappling wizardry to hold us off until then.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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