WATCH: Iranian wrestler slams his way out of a buggy choke, scares the audience

In an interesting matchup at BFL 78, Iranian wrestler Navid Zanganeh triumphed over David Briones, leaving fans mouth agape. This bout took center stage on October 19, 2023, at the Harbour Event & Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. While Dario Sinagoga was initially slated as the co-main event against Ashton Charlton, it was Navid Zanganeh’s stunning performance that captured the spotlight.

Navid Zanganeh, a former member of the Iranian U-23 freestyle wrestling team, demonstrated his prowess inside the octagon against David Briones. Both are relatively new to the world of mixed martial arts, with Zanganeh boasting a 2-1 record and Briones holding a 4-3 record.

The bout between these two promising athletes ended with a remarkable highlight – Navid Zanganeh’s victory. Zanganeh exhibited exceptional skill in escaping a precarious buggy choke while delivering slams to his opponent. His resilience and agility were on full display during this thrilling encounter, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats.

The buggy choke is a grappling technique that has gained popularity in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA circles. This technique is a variation of the reverse triangle and is executed from the bottom side-control position. What sets the buggy choke apart is its element of surprise – it often catches opponents off guard.

Buggy submission is fairly new in MMA, and it even caught the UFC commentary team off guard with the esteemed experts misrepresenting it.

During an extended sequence Michael Bisping and Paul Felder seemed confused with one saying: “Man I don’t know (what that is)” and the other affirming “Yeah, I don’t know what that is.”

Both seemed equally relived once the position changed to mount.

They’re not the first either, a while back an MMA ref at a smaller promotion even stood up the combatants during a buggy attempt.