Cabot, Arkansas’ Bryce Mitchell pulls off 2nd Twister submission in UFC history

Bryce “Thug Nasty” Mitchell, 25, did not just win at “UFC on ESPN 7.” Fighting out of Cabot, Arkansas, United States, the undefeated mixed martial artist won his bout via the rare Twister submission.

Featuring 12 MMA bouts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship held “UFC on ESPN 7” at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., United States on December 7, 2019. It was attended by 10,816 spectators, which translated to $932,593.2 sales.

In the fourth bout of the evening, Mitchell competed at a catch weight of 148.5lbs against Matt “Robo” Sayles, 25, of San Diego, California, USA. Dan Miragliotta served as the referee.

Miragliotta put a stop to the catchweight bout after 4 minutes and 20 seconds in the third round. Mitchell submitted Sayles via Twister.

“I put my life on the line every time I come out here and I do it all for my family,” Mitchell said in his post-fight interview. “You know what my favorite board game is? Twister. I’m a huge Eddie Bravo fan and I got that from YouTube.”

This was the second UFC bout that ended via Twister submission, which was created by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Edgar “Eddie” Bravo, 49, of Santa Ana, California. The first one was pulled off by “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, 32, of Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, South Korea.

On March 26, 2011, Chan submitted Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia, 40, of Lubbock, Texas, USA via Twister at “UFC Fight Night 24” at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, USA. Miragliotta was also the referee of the bout, which was in the featherweight division.

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 7” improved the professional MMA record of Mitchell to 12 wins and 0 loss and it marked his second consecutive win in the UFC. On the other hand, Sayles now has 8 wins and 3 losses.


Mitchell was born on November 4, 1994. The Cabot native has been competing professionally since 2015.

On July 6, 2018, Mitchell defeated Tyler Diamond via majority decision in the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 27.” The event took place at the Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

On March 23, 2019, Mitchell officially made his UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 148” at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. He defeated Bobby “Wolfman” Moffett via unanimous decision.

Here is what Mitchell has to say about his recent UFC win via Twister submission:

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