Every once in a while a submission comes along which is so wild that it can only be named after the man who applied it.
Jason Von Flue is perhaps the best known example of this, with his ‘Von Flue choke’ being used to submit both Alex Karalexis and Nick Gilardi in his UFC and WEC days respectively — and now you can add SBG Ireland fighter and Moldovan native Luca Poclit to the list.
And if you haven’t seen the ‘Luca-Nator’ yet, well have a gander below.
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The 33-year-old fighter used the technique to put Dante Schiro out at last Friday’s Bellator event in the Irish capital, and he has explained to talkSPORT the mechanics and history behind one of the more unique submission wins you’ll see all year.
“I did it many times in the gym, I admit that I didn’t always succeed, but there are boys who still fell asleep, even during training,” he said. “Anyway, the most important thing is that I managed to do it in the fight. I don’t know if it has a name, I’ve never seen this fighting technique before, but after the viral videos I understand that everyone calls it ‘Luca-Nator.’”
“I can’t say that someone taught me. I have a lot of experience, I have been doing freestyle wrestling since I was 9 years old, so now I have reached the level where I have a lot of fighting techniques in my luggage that are very difficult to execute for most athletes and that even I find it difficult to explain.”
The 8-1 fighter adds that he wants to continue his impressive form to climb up the Bellator rankings and bring home a belt to his head coach John Kavanagh, who he says has been integral to his outstanding form which has seen him lose just once in the past decade.
“I want to reach the belt as soon as possible. I want to bring the belt to the SBG gym as soon as possible,” he said.
Now 1-0 in Bellator, Poclit appears to have all the tools necessary to climb that ladder before long.