Six time world champion wrestler, Chris Jericho, was more than just a brute. He was a pioneer, an inventor if you will, coining lots of brand new moves in the wrestling world.
One, however, will forever be his magnum opus: The Walls of Jericho, otherwise known as the Boston Crab.
Though there are dozens of similarities between professional wrestling and MMA, I personally have never seen somebody in the MMA world using The Walls of Jericho to break down an opponent. That is, until now…
During last night’s Full Contact Contender 19 event in Bolton, Jonno Mears, obliterated his opponent, Aaron Jones, with the brutal submission by getting Jones onto stomach, sitting on his back, and then lifting his legs backwards forcing Jones to tap out in seconds due to the agony caused, reports MMA Fighting.
It certainly makes for some painful viewing.
As you can probably imagine the move has instantly gone viral due to its utterly bizarre nature:
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) September 30, 2017
— SteveC-A_MMA (@SteveCA_MMA) October 1, 2017
#OOC just saw this clip of a dude winning an MMA fight by submission with a Boston Crab! I can't stop laughing…
— Chris Madison (@THE_CMadison) October 1, 2017
I just saw a guy lose a MMA fight via Boston Crab…
— Mike (@TheMikeOG) October 1, 2017
Fans…dont ever moan at me using a Boston Crab as a finish.
— Joe Coffey (@Joe_Coffey) September 30, 2017
Seriously, though, I've gone for the Boston Crab probably a thousand times rolling, never got close. Hats off to random MMA dude.
— Lee BlackBolt (@LeeCasebolt) September 30, 2017
— John King (@JohnKingMMA) September 30, 2017
Amazingly, the incredible and destructive move, which has been unsuccessfully attempted by countless fighters before, was made during what was only Mears’ second fight. The Rochdale fighter now boasts a 2-0 MMA record.
I guess we can only speculate what the future holds for Jonno Mears?
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.