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Gogoplata variation, opponent's throat is trapped between the fighter's shin and forearm.
|Parent hold||Guard, Rubber guard|
The gogoplata is executed from a guard, commonly from a "rubber guard", where the legs are held very high against the opponent's upper back. The fighter then slips one foot in front of the opponent's head and under his chin, locks his hands behind the opponent's head, and chokes the opponent by pressing his shin or instep against the opponent's trachea. A variation called a Locoplata (popularized by Eddie Bravo) is when the practitioner uses his free foot to push up on the choking foot and increase pressure on the trachea.
Use in mixed martial arts
Ryusuke "Jack" Uemura is notable as the fighter who performed the first successful gogoplata in mixed martial arts against Isao Terada at Zst Grand Prix 2, Final Round, on January 23, 2005. Former UFC Heavyweight fighter Brad Imes calls himself "Mr. Gogoplata," after winning two matches in a row with the maneuver. Nick Diaz defeated Takanori Gomi using the gogoplata at Pride 33, only to have the victory turned to a NC due to positive test for marijuana in the post-fight drug screen.
Use in professional wrestling
WWE professional wrestler The Undertaker began using a variation of the move in January 2008 on SmackDown, which would cause opponents to spit blood from their mouths. SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero would later kayfabe ban the move for the protection of the other wrestlers and strip The Undertaker of the World Heavyweight Championship as punishment for its use, an unprecedented move. The move, now called the Hell's Gate, has since become a regular part of Taker's matches. During the World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Breaking Point, Theodore Long overruled CM Punk's submission to the move and forced a continuation, citing Guerrero's ban. The ban was eventually lifted in 2009.
In Japan, 666 promotion's wrestler Konaka Pelhwan is known to use a rope hanging version of the gogoplata as a signature move.
- Bravo, Eddie (1996). Mastering The Rubber Guard. ISBN 0-9777315-9-6.
- "Zst Grand Prix 2 Final Round". Sherdog.com. January 23, 2005. Retrieved 2011-03-04.