With one other action-packed month of MMA within the books, MMA Junkie seems at the perfect submissions from April 2024: Listed here are the 5 nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s Submission of the Month award for April.

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Nominee: Taila Santos def. Ilara Joanne at 2024 PFL 1

The UFC’s subtraction appears to have been fairly the addition for PFL with former UFC title challenger Taila Santos made her promotional debut and dispatched Ilara Joanne (11-9).

It was mild work for Santos, who grounded Joanne and locked in a rear-naked choke for the stoppage slightly below 4 minutes into the ladies’s flyweight bout.

Nominee: Jean Matsumoto def. Dan Argueta at UFC Combat Night time 240

Jean Matsumoto (15-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) needed to fend off countless takedown makes an attempt from Dan Argueta (9-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at earlier than lastly utilizing one to his benefit to finish the battle.

Extremely touted bantamweight prospect Matsumoto discovered himself on backside a number of instances from Argueta over the course of almost two full rounds. He then utilized a decent arm-in guillotine choke with only one second left and compelled the faucet on the 4:59 mark of Spherical 2.

Nominee: Deiveson Figueiredo def. Cody Garbrandt at UFC 300

Former UFC flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo (23-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) continued to make his mark within the bantamweight division when he took out former titleholder Cody Garbrandt (14-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC).

Figueiredo turned the primary to submit Garbrandt in MMA competitors. The Brazilian secured a takedown within the second spherical that led to a number of submission makes an attempt earlier than he acquired the faucet courtesy of a rear-naked choke.

Nominee: Kayla Harrison def. Holly Holm at UFC 300

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison (17-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made her extremely anticipated octagon debut look straightforward in opposition to former girls’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm (15-7 MMA, 8-7 UFC).

In what was her first profession look at 135 kilos, Harrison overpowered Holm the mat on a number of events. Harrison landed a number of judo tosses and shortly transitioned to again mount on the ultimate one, earlier than cinching within the rear-naked choke and forcing Holm to faucet.

Nominee: Chris Padilla def. James Llontop at UFC on ESPN 55

Just one man may get their first octagon win within the battle of newcomers between Chris Padilla (14-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and James Llontop (14-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and it was the previous who acquired the job executed.

Padilla confirmed off some slick floor abilities when, throughout a scramble on the mat within the light-weight, he took the again of Llontop and locked in a rear-naked choke for the faucet with 27 seconds left within the opening spherical. “Taco” entered the occasion tied as the most important betting underdog, however the battle didn’t look that manner as he acquired the job executed.

The winner

The winner: Deiveson Figueiredo

Figueiredo’s transfer to bantamweight is ensuing fairly nicely for him.

The previous UFC flyweight champion now’s 2-0 since transferring as much as 135 kilos in December. Figueiredo constructed off his profitable divisional debut by submitting Garbrandt within the opening bout of the historic UFC 300 occasion.

After a tough begin in Spherical 1, wherein the Brazilian was surprised a few instances by Garbrandt, Figueiredo got here again within the second spherical to dominate. He shortly took down Garbrandt, threatened with an arm-triangle choke, then switched to the again to safe a rear-naked choke.

Figueiredo is on a two-fight profitable streak since he misplaced the flyweight title to Brandon Moreno in January 2023. The 36-year-old defeated veteran contender Rob Font in December in his first battle at 135 kilos.