The bulldog choke is one of those chokes you don’t normally see in competition. It’s definitely a rare sight to see. You only see it every now and then, but when you do everyone talks about it.
The bulldog choke can be classified as a blood choke, similar to that of the rear naked choke. The only difference is that you aren’t mounted on your opponent’s back nor do you have a figure-four interlocking both arms together.
In this guide, we break down everything you need to know about the choke – what its, how to do it, and some key details you should consider.
What is The Bulldog Choke?
From a glance a bulldog choke looks like a schoolyard headlock you’d see on the playground or in pro WWE wrestling match. The only the difference is that a trained grappler is executing the choke and using technique.
Basically, the choke is kind of like a reverse guillotine choke, where your bodies are facing the same direction. Your choking arm is placed against their neck similar to what you’d do for a Rear Naked Choke.
Some Notable Uses Of The Bulldog Choke
As we said, the bulldog choke is a submission we don’t usually see in MMA or grappling very often. In the UFC, only a handful of fights have been finished with a bulldog choke.
UFC 31 Carlos Newton vs Pat Miletich: Carlos Newton submitted Pat Miletich in the third round with a bulldog choke.
UFC 47 Chris Lytle vs Tiki Ghosn: Chris Lytle caught Ghosn in the second round of their fight with a choke.
UFC 181 Raquel Pennington vs Ashlee Evans Smith: In a highlight reel finish Pennington put Smith to sleep with a bulldog choke at the end of round 1. Many MMA fans remember the finish as blood was streaming out of Smith’s head as she went to sleep.
UFC 235 Ben Askren vs Robbie Lawler: In the most controversial fight of 2019, Askren won in the first round with a bulldog choke. Many thought that Herb Dean prematurely stopped the match, but it does go down as a win by choke.
How To Do the Bulldog Choke
There are generally two scenarios when you can use the choke. Either off of back control or off an opponent’s take down attempt. In both scenarios, the opponent makes the mistake of leaving their neck exposed for the choke.
Chewjitsu does a nice breakdown in the video below – check it out!
Key Details to Consider for Executing the Choke
There are two big details you need to remember for doing the choke.
Some people question the legitimacy of this choke and if they should even learn it. From the outside looking in, the choke definitely looks like it might only work for a bully picking on a smaller kid on the playground. However as it comes to show, it even works in a professional UFC bout – and these guys are trained fighters and experienced grapplers!
It is definitely a legitimate technique and one you should add to your bag of tricks. Sure, it won’t be one of your go to moves, but you should still know how to do it. Whenever the opportunity arises, you can spring a tight bulldog choke on your opponent and get the tap! Your opponent won’t even know what hit him!