Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground 5 Preview

Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground (SUG) heads back to the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon to hold its 5th submission-only grappling event on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The event will also be streamed live on Flograppling.

This will mark the first time that a SUG event will be headlined by females, with a match between former UFC fighter Sarah Kaufman and 2017 Worlds Champion Amanda Diggins as the main event. Kaufman was the first Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion and is widely known as being a women’s mma pioneer. Among her many achievements in the jiu jitsu competition world, Diggins was featured on SUG’s debut event, winning her match against Liz Tracy by toehold.

AJ Agazarm and Phil Baroni will be the co-main event and is sure to bring fireworks, as AJ is widely known for his polarizing and provocative antics during his matches. Baroni, commonly known as the New York Badass, also has quite the edge to him, so it’ll be interesting to see how he handles AJ’s conduct during their match. This is also the first time that the event will feature teenage matches, including an appearance from the Silent Assassin, Grace Gundrum, who recently made waves with her twister submission over Zoey Chiles at Ultimate Mat Warriors 2 in San Diego.

One of the things that sets SUG events apart from other grappling events is that the matches are all held inside of a cage, and competitors are allowed to use the cage to their advantage, much like in an mma fight. Both gi and no gi matches will be featured on the card, and the matches follow modified Eddie Bravo Invitational rules, with 8-minute submission only rounds (rather than the usual 10 minutes), before heading into the EBI overtime rounds.

Check out the full line up of grappling matches below.


Sarah Kaufman v Amanda Diggins
Phil Baroni v AJ Agazarm
Andrew Alexander v Joe Baize
Craig Jones v Ben Egli


Bryan Marugg v. Andrew Marshall
Bobby Emmons v. Mike Dewitt
Lupita Godinez v. Amy Montenegro
Ryan Hart v. Howie Mole
JM Holland v. Logan Skinner
Jake Watson v. Micah Brakefield
David Mitchell v. Mike Lambert
Liz Tracy v. Katie Ericson
Killian Estes v. Michael Collazo
Ricky Davison v. Sage Brown – teen match
Jess Moore v. Sam Hardy
Lingo Diaz v. Shaun Kiatvongcharoen
Serenity Moody v. Haley Vann
Aaron Neuman v. Josh Williams
Jesseray Childrey v. Corey Mullis
Stella Davison v. Grace Gundrum – teen match
Riley Wiseman v. Elijah Carlton
Erins Tambs v. Sarah Seely
Alem Numic v. Justin Silveira

Grace Gundrum, Submission Underground 5

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Laura Kent
Laura Kent is a 10th Planet jiu jitsu brown belt who trains at 10th Planet Bethlehem and 10th Planet Allentown under the Finishers MMA banner. She competes regularly and is an avid follower and fan of the submission only competition scene. Laura tries to make an effort to cover some of the local submission only events that get less coverage from mainstream MMA and jiu jitsu news outlets and will regularly cover the Eddie Bravo Invitational and Combat Jiu Jitsu events. Laura is an MMA fan as well, which is a large part of what led her to start her jiu jitsu training.