Submission Underground 14 results: Craig Jones taps out Vagner Rocha in overtime

1. 6. 2020

Grappling superstar Craig Jones was frustrated early but continued his Submission Underground dominance with a win over Vagner Rocha via tapout.

Jones submitted four-time UFC veteran Rocha in the main event of Sunday’s SUG 14 event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from a modified grain silo at an undisclosed location in Oregon due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Jones wasted little time moving to a seated position and moving to attack his opponent’s legs. Rocha battled well to break free from each attempt, including a deep entrance into a kneebar. Rocha did his best to engage from the top, but each time he was forced on defense from a leg entanglement. A scramble briefly saw Jones move to the top, but he wasn’t able to maintain the position.

Jones continued to reach for the legs for the remainder of regulation, briefly seeming to indicate Rocha’s limbs were excessively slippery. However, Rocha was checked at the end of regulation and was deemed suitable.

In overtime, Jones started on the back, implementing a squeeze almost immediately. Rocha looked calm at first, but Jones continued working the choke and forced a tap 37 seconds into the two-minute frame.

When it was his turn, Rocha also started on the back. The action was fast-paced at the start, with Jones trying desperately to work free. Rocha was able to lock in a body triangle, but he couldn’t get his opponent into submission trouble fast enough, and time expired, and Jones was handed the win. The result served as a measure of revenge for Jones who lost to Rocha in a 2017 meeting under the Eddie Bravo Invitational banner.

Checco taps out Vanderford

In the night’s co-feature RFA and LFA veteran Gabriel Checco was able to earn an impressive submission win over undefeated Bellator welterweight Austin Vanderford.

Checco pulled guard at the start and looked to attack the arms early, but Vanderford was able to slip free and remain safe in top position. Working from his back, Checco continued to look to control the arms throughout regulation, but Vanderford pushed away each effort and stayed on top, eventually moving to side control, though he didn’t have enough time to capitalize.

In overtime, Vanderford started on the back and looked to transition to an arm-triangle, but Checco was able to break free quickly. It didn’t cost Vanderford, though, as he also powered free in rapid fashion.

In the second overtime, Vanderford again tried for the same submission, but Checco got free in just eight seconds. Checco then started on the back and controlled the position well, racking up control time before eventually slipping his right arm under the chin and using a Gable grip to squeeze for the finish.

Primus stuns Shields

In a featured contest, former Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus earned a surprising submission win over former Strikeforce middleweight titleholder Jake Shields.

While Primus held top position for much of the regulation period, it ended up being a relativ stalemate. Once the pair went to overtime, Shields started off on the back and earned a full two minutes of control. However, when it was Primus’ turn, he started from the armbar and quickly gained firm control of his opponent’s left arm. Shields did his best to turn and roll free, but Primus held the position and was able to score a tapout victory 31 seconds into overtime.

Complete Submission Underground 14 results include:

MAIN CARD:

  • Craig Jones def. Vagner Rocha via submission (rear-naked choke) – Overtime 1, 0:37
  • Gabriel Checco def. Austin Vanderford via submission (rear-naked choke) – Overtime 2, 1:02
  • Brent Primus def. Jake Shields via submission (armbar) – Overtime 1, 0:31
  • Jordan Holy vs. Andrew Alexander via submission (toe hold) – Regulation, 0:49

PRELIMINARY CARD:

  • Roberto Jimenez def. Don Stoner submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:10
  • Joseph McKay def. Gustavo Bessa submission (lapel choke) – Overtime 1, 1:15
  • Bryan Nuro def. Ryan Healy via submission (armbar) – Overtime 1, 0:31
  • Nicholas Maximov def. Adam Fugitt via submission (guillotine choke) – Regulation, 2:28
  • Tobias Baker def. Charlie Gilpin via submission (armbar) – Overtime 2, 0:23
  • Caleb Stecker def. Alex Corrales via escape time – Full time