- Hungary’s Istvan Vereb finished his opponent via a first-round neck crank
- Vereb fought Ben Askren in a 2008 Olympics wrestling match
Middleweight fighter Istvan Vereb is making waves on the internet recently after pulling off one of the most painful submissions as of late. The Hungarian needed only one round to submit his opponent, Zarko Golubovic via neck crank at RFA 4 in Kosice, Slovakia.
Vereb bent the spine
Vereb came in with less MMA experience as his most notable fight was a wrestling match against ex-UFC fighter Ben Askren at the 2008 Olympics. Golubovic, on the other hand, already has four fights in his resume but was coming off a KO loss to Leon Krajacic at SBC 35 last year.
Despite the lack of experience, Vereb relied on his Olympic wrestling background and immediately took the fight to the ground. When he finally got Golubovic on the mat, Vereb utilized his grappling and submitted his opponent via neck crank.
Fans could tell that Vereb’s neck crank on Golubovic was extremely painful as it could be seen in the footage online that the Serbian’s spine was literally bent forward. The fight was stopped at 3:31 of the very first round after Golubovic was forced to tap.
Watch the clip below:
Having seen Vereb’s grappling and submission skills, many are convinced that the Hungarian MMA prodigy has the potential to become a star in the sport. Let’s see about that.