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‘Choking Someone Out’
Cormier executed some of the best throws you will see inside the Octagon on his way to victory, at one point launching “Hendo” towards the ceiling in a show of brute strength. Mercy came for Hendo in the form of a rear naked choke (RNC) with Cormier putting him to sleep in the third frame.
Cormier tossed Henderson around the cage like a rag doll for much of the fight. In the third round, Cormier kept going after a finish against his fellow Olympic wrestler – and he got it, rendering “Hendo” unconscious with a rear-naked choke.
There is debate over the dangers of choke-outs. After 4 to 6 minutes of sustained cerebral anoxia, permanent brain damage will begin to occur, but the long-term effects of a controlled choke-out for less than 4 minutes (as most are applied for mere seconds and released when unconsciousness is achieved) are disputed.
Some argue that when choke pressure is applied to the carotid artery, the baroreceptors send a signal to the brain and the heart via the vagus nerve. This signal tells the heart to reduce volume of blood per heartbeat, typically up to one-third, in order to further relieve high pressure. There is a slight chance of the rate dropping to zero, or flatline(asystole).
Some medical experts refer to the rear naked choke as a “so-called blood choke as opposed to an “asphyxia choke (those that obstruct airflow, commonly by way of windpipe compression).”
Dr. Charlie of breakingmuscle.com explained, “Application of the RNC first causes compression of the jugular vein, significantly hindering blood return from the head (and brain) to the heart. The recipient begins to feel flushed – engorged in the face and brow. Further pressure narrows the carotids and reduces the blood flow to the brain.”
While MMA fighters employ these dangerous maneuvers in the ring, thousands of amateurs also try them with fatal or near-fatal outcomes. Know that being ‘choked out’ or ‘choking someone out’ is not funny but physically dangerous.
Champion wrestler, Cormier has also called out light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, whom he has been targeting since before he even moved from heavyweight to 205 pounds.