Just a day removed from the anniversary of Nick Diaz’s legendary gogoplata finish of Takanori Gomi at PRIDE 33, the same super rare submission decided a title fight in Mexico.

The complexity of the setup and the ability to sense a gogoplata coming are just a couple of reasons why we rarely, if ever, see the submission at the highest levels of the sport. Most fighters don’t even attempt it these days, so when it happens, it’s special.

Friday, at UWC 31 in Tijuana, Mexico, Adrian Luna Martinetti showcased his slick submission skills by slapping on a gogoplata in the second round of the main event bantamweight title fight, forcing Brandon Uruchurtu to tap. Winning a title is a special moment for any fighter, but doing it with a super rare submission makes it so much sweeter.

Check out the incredible finish in the video below (via Twitter):


What a way to close out the main event!!!!#UWC31 pic.twitter.com/vZmbWSxnue

— UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) February 26, 2022

Perhaps the highest-profile instance of a gogoplata finish was Diaz’s finish of Gomi in 2007. Japanese grappling dynamo Shinya Aoki pulled one off on Joachim Hansen at Pride Shockwave 2006, just a few months prior to Diaz.

Check out Diaz’s legendary finish in the video below, along with a few other gogoplata finishes in various promotions over the years.

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