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The art of the choke

Ah, the choke. It can be a striker's worst nightmare and a ground specialist's best friend. It can force even the toughest of fighters to tap out. It can also change the course of a contest in an instant. Dr. Margaret Goodman takes a look at the popular MMA submission maneuver.

Originally Published: June 24, 2008
By Margaret Goodman | Special to ESPN.com

Lightweight contender Joe Stevenson is considered a master in choking out his opponents. He knows all too well what it feels like to be choked out, as well.

"I couldn't see," Stevenson told ESPN.com, referring to his January loss to B.J. Penn via a rear-naked choke, a maneuver in which the choke is applied from behind with an arm wrapped around the neck.

"I didn't know it even happened. I was crying afterwards."

Stevenson is used to being on the other end of the choke. ...

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