As the Monty Python comedy troupe so often said:
“And now for something completely different.”
Sunday night, Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground promotion returns to UFC Fight Pass in Portland, OR for Submission Underground 14.
As has been the case with all combat sporting events that have taken place since the outset of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Submission Underground 14 will take place with no live audience present.
Chael Sonnen, who will call the event this Sunday night, has held the most recent Submission Underground cards in an abandoned silo in the city of Portland with just a single camera operator documenting the shows.
Submission Underground Rules:
Submission Underground holds a similar ruleset to that of the Eddie Bravo Invitational, which is currently on hiatus.
Timing: Fights in Submission Underground take place in single eight-minute periods.
How to win: The first fighter to submit their opponent within the eight-minute period will win the match.
All submissions are legal in Submission Underground, including verbal submissions.
Illegal blows: Striking of any kind is prohibited in Submission Underground.
Overtime: If, after the eight-minute period expires, neither competitor is able to complete a submission, the fight then transitions to overtime.
A coin toss is held at the start of overtime to determine who goes first.
The winner then selects the position from which they’d like to attack (back or “spiderweb”) [the latter being an armbar.]
As in the normal timing rules, the first fighter to submit their opponent is the winner.
If neither fighter completes a submission, the fight will go to another overtime period.
A maximum of three overtime periods will be held.
Should the three overtime periods end without a completed submission, the fighter with the quicker aggregate escape time from his opponent’s submission attempts throughout overtime wins the match.
Submission Underground 14 (Sunday, 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT) will feature nine grappling matches, highlighted by your main event between Craig Jones (21-3-1 grappling) and Vagner Rocha (8-3 grappling).
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Contender Comparison: [note: Since Submission Underground is a grappling event, no reach advantage on the tale of the tape will be shown.]
Heading into the Sunday evening main event, Craig Jones is the taller competitor, standing at 6-foot-2, four inches taller than Vagner Rocha at 5-foot-10.
How they got here:
Craig Jones has gone 5-0 in his last five grappling matches, most recently winning by verbal submission against Vinny Magalhaes during Submission Underground 13’s main event on UFC Fight Pass.
In the other corner, Vagner Rocha has posted a 3-2 record in his last five grappling matches.
Last time out, he defeated Thiago Moises (decision) in SubStars: Poirier vs. Tonon on Feb. 21.
Prediction: Craig Jones by armbar.
Other fights on Submission Underground 14’s card include:
Co-Main Event: Austin Vanderford (3-1 grappling) vs. Gabriel Checco (2-2-1 grappling)
Andrew Alexander (0-1 grappling) vs. Jordan Holy (6-1 grappling)
Brent Primus (grappling debut, 10-1 in MMA) vs. Jake Shields (4-4-1 grappling)
Adam Fugitt (grappling debut, 6-1 in MMA) vs. Nick Maximov (1-2 grappling)
Tobias Baker (grappling debut, 2-1 in MMA) vs. Charles Gilpin (1-0 grappling)
Bryan Nuro (0-1 grappling) vs. Ryan Healy (grappling debut, 25-14-1 in MMA)
Cris Lencioni (2-0 grappling) vs. Joseph McKay (grappling debut, 1-0 in MMA)
Roberto Jimenez (4-5 grappling) vs. Don Stoner (2-1 grappling)