“What is the Bulldog Choke?”

At the UFC 235, undefeated MMA fighter and high level wrestler Ben Asjren won a submission victory over his opponent using a lesser known technique called by many the “Bulldog Choke.”


Some fans watching the fight thought that the choke was merely a rear naked choke (the #1 successful finishing submission in the UFC and likely all of mixed martial arts!).


However there are some differences between the traditional Rear Naked Choke (RNC) and the Bulldog Choke which makes the 2 chokes different.


Gracie Barra Blog brings you a demonstration of the Bulldog Choke – called a “No-gi clock choke” in this video.

Prof. Joe Scarola of Gracie Barra Long Island shows how to do the Bulldog Choke / clock choke in a no-gi situation


Note that there are no hooks controlling the opponents movement in the Bulldog Choke compared to the critical hooks used in the RNC.


Let’s take a look at the more common RNC for comparison.


The Rear Naked Choke

The Clock Choke is a technique that is commonly used on an opponent who goes to turtle position to avoid the guard pass.
Clock Choke with Gi

Similar to the Bulldog Choke, there are no hooks in the Clock Choke and the opponent is controlled by placing heavy weight on the back of the opponents neck and the choking pressure.


Give the Bulldog Choke a try in your no-gi training.


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Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia
Instagram: @markmullen.bjj