Gabriel Bonfim joins his brother as an award winner

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With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie takes a look at the best submissions from January 2023: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, who won the MMA Submission of the Month award Junkie for January.

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Nominee: Garry Tonon def. Johnny Nunez at ONE Fight Night 6

Black belt grappler [autotag]Garry Tonane[/autotag] (7-1) made quick work of challenger Johnny Nunez (7-3), needing less than two minutes to finish the lightweight bout.

After some intense opening exchanges, Tonon closed the distance and engaged in the clinch with Nunez and was jockeying for position against the cage. Tonon found his way to a kimura to counter a body lock with Nunez. Tonon rolls over the top with the pole, ending up in an awkward back position. However, Tonon held on with the kimura and was able to crank enough to force a tap.

Nominee: Alan Nascimento def. Carlos Hernandez at UFC Fight Night 217

[autotag]Alan Nascimento[/autotag] (20-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) showed his strong skills against Carlos Hernandez (8-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) – all with the UFC’s all-time contender wins leader Charles Oliveira in the his corner.

Chute Box Nascimento’s output proved to be too much for the opponent to handle as they locked up early in the flyweight series. He got the fight to the ground and took it back, then as Hernandez tried to escape to his feet, the standing back choke was locked deep and forced thank you

Nominee: Gabriel Bonfim def. Mounir Lazzez at UFC 283

[autotag]Gabriel Bonfim[/autotag] (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) lived up to half of the two brothers in Rio de Janeiro when he followed up his older brother Ismael’s knockout victory with a quick and subtle submission.

Bonfim was the first to submit Mounir Lazzez (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in an MMA tournament when he finished the welterweight bout in just 40 seconds by hit a guillotine choke and didn’t let go until the referee pulled it off.

Nominee: Abdoul Abdouraguimov def. Rafal Haratyk at Ares FC 11

Things were looking grim for “The Lazy King” [autotag]Abdoul Abdouraguimov[/autotag] (16-1) as the clock ticked down to less than a minute remaining in his middleweight title challenge.

For the better part of five rounds, Abdouraguimov, usually a welterweight, struggled with the strength of the much larger Rafal Haratyk (16-5-1) – until a knee attempt ended in absolutely amazing from the bottom of the bout with 25 seconds left in the final round.

Nominee: Gilbert Burns def. Neil Magny at UFC 283

He took [autotag]Gilbert Burns[/autotag] (21-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) nine months to find a fight, and when he did it took less than one round to dispatch Neil Magny (27-10 MMA, 20-9 UFC) in their welterweight bout.

After a brief emotional process, Burns caught Magny and the beginning of the end began. Burns picked up and dropped Magny to the canvas. Slowly but surely, Burns moved into mount. Once there, Burns quickly grabbed Magny’s neck and moved to the side for the arm triangle choke to secure the tap.

The winner

The winner:

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Bonfim made it a big night for his family when he joined his brother Ismael in the UFC 283 winner’s circle courtesy of a quick submission win.

After his older brother delivered the MMA Junkie Knockout of the Month for January earlier in the night at Jeunesse Arena, Bonfim put on a show of his own against Lazzez in their heavyweight bout welter.

Bonfim jumped on a guillotine choke against his incoming opponent and made Lazzez tap out just 49 seconds into the bout, keeping his undefeated record intact

With the win, Bonfim was riding high after impressing on his debut. He said that this is just a few of the things to come from his family name, and he predicts that he and his brother will both hold UFC gold in the end.

“The Bonfim brothers are here to be champions,” Bonfim said through an interpreter in his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. “One at lightweight. One at welterweight. We’re here to make history to do.”


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