Craig Jones v Vagner Rocha Set For Submission Underground 14

Craig Jones is pretty much a guaranteed fixture at SUG events these days as he looks to take his promotional record to 9-0 against Vagner Rocha in the main event of Submission Underground 14 on May 31st. The last of his appearances came against Vinny Magalhaes at SUG 13, where Jones pulled off a sickening Heel Hook that visibly injured Magalhaes and led to him not being able to continue the match.

While Craig Jones has been grappling the best of the best all around the world, Vagner Rocha has been pretty busy himself in recent years. Not only did Rocha have a pretty extensive MMA career and a handful of UFC fights, but he also earned the Combat Jiu-Jitsu World Championships and pioneered the submission that he calls the Python Trap. All of this has built up a reputation for Rocha as a brutally effective, no nonsense grappler who makes opponent’s uncomfortable for the entire fight.

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***SUBMISSION UNDERGROUND 14 OFFICIAL POSTER*** Craig Jones is the guy to beat…just under the Submission Underground banner, he’s remained undefeated at 8-0 including his most recent win over Vinny Magalhaes last month. Enter Vagner Rocha. He’s done what some consider the impossible…he’s beaten Craig Jones. Might have been a dark, stormy night at EBI 11 in 2017, when he escaped by fastest time to seal the victory…but the real question is…can he do it again? Rocha believes so! It goes down on Sunday, May 31st LIVE once again by way of #SUGisland streamed on UFC Fight Pass! And that’s not all…our main card brings back SUG 13 winners Austin Vanderford following his impressive overtime win against The Boogeyman, Richie Martinez…and Gabriel Checco following his submission victory over Jake Ellenberger. Checco and Vanderford are overdue to meet in the cage…having been previously scheduled before at SUG 11 prior to an injury suffered by Checco. Bellator’s Brent Primus and UFC’s Michael Chiesa, will meet face to face (allotting social distancing standards of course) in our cage on Sunday, May 31st but it’ll be in spats, rashguards and no gloves. Primus is a black belt in jiu jitsu and has finished his last two opponents by submission victories. Chiesa is a purple belt representing the famous Sik Jitsu Fighting Systems gym in Spokane, Wa has a record with majority finishes by submission. Finally rounding out our main card brings back Oregon native black belt, 10th Planet Grants Pass head coach Andrew Alexander to face black belt Jordan Holy out of Texas, as well as the head coach and owner of The Holy Grail. Holy is the man with no fans from the DDS following a recent interview and his most recent SUG win over squad member Frank Rosenthal in overtime. He was surprised to be considered ‘the fall guy’ against Rosenthal and respect where it’s due…he’s back in action on May 31st! Full card including the remaining 6 matches to be announced soon. Subscribe today to watch all of the submission only grappling action presented by Chael Sonnen and UFC Fight Pass on May 31st at 6pm EST.

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Alex Lindsey

Alex Lindsey is the managing editor here at Grappling Insider. Originally starting training in MMA in 2008, injuries and university slowed progress until he decided to put on a gi for the first time back in 2015.

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