A glossary of MMA and UFC terms
Americana: arm lock submission in which an opponent’s arm is pinned to the mat, bent at the elbow, palm facing upward, hyperextending the shoulder. Also known as a keylock. Note capitalization.
anaconda choke: arm triangle choke hold applied from front headlock position, facing the opponent, with the opponent’s arm trapped and rendered defenseless.
ankle lock: joint lock submission that applies pressure to the ankle, Achilles and calf muscle.
ankle pick: wrestling maneuver that targets an ankle to achieve a takedown.
armbar: joint lock submission that hyperextends the opponent’s elbow after trapping an extended arm between your knees.
arm drag: wrestling maneuver in which a fighter grabs an oncoming opponent’s arm and uses the opponent’s momentum and weight to gain a takedown.