SUG 26 Preview: Pedro Marinho in Tag Team Action, UFC Flyweights Clash

Submission Underground (SUG) 26 will take place on Sunday, August 15. The card is headlined by a tag team match-up involving top jiu-jitsu competitor Pedro Marinho. Lower on the card, longtime SUG veteran Gabriel Checco will take on current UFC light heavyweight Danilo Marques, and former UFC flyweight title contender Katlyn Chookagian makes her SUG debut against fellow UFC flyweight Gillian Robertson.

View the full SUG 26 card below.

Marinho is joined by Servando Almaraz to form team Gracie Barra, and they’ll be facing team Mat Mafia, made up of Alan Sanchez and Benji Silva.

The co-main event features a match-up between a pair of MMA veterans with ample ground skills. Danilo Marques is a 14-fight pro MMA veteran and is currently 2-1 in the UFC’s light heavyweight division. Gabriel Checco is 11-5 in MMA, but has focused his efforts on grappling lately, compiling a 4-3 SUG record since 2019. He last competed at SUG 22 when he defeated current UFC fighter Philip Rowe.

Although she’s typical thought of as a striker in MMA, Katlyn Chookagian will look to put her Renzo Gracie brown belt to good use against grappling specialist Gillian Robertson. Chookagian owns a single submission victory in MMA, but she has been a longtime student of Gracie in the famed “blue basement.” Robertson, on the other hand, is a grappler through and through, with six of her nine professional MMA wins coming by way of submission. Robertson last competed at SUG 23, losing to Raquel Canuto.

Rounding out the main card is former SUG title challenger and 10th Planet standout Andy Varela taking on UFC veteran and Rickson Gracie black belt Kevin Casey.

How to watch: SUG 26 takes place on Sunday, August 15 and will air live on UFC Fightpass (subscription required).

Ben Coate

Ben has been involved with grappling, whether through wrestling or Brazilian jiu-jitsu, essentially his entire life. After wrestling throughout his childhood, Ben found Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a young adult and quickly fell in love. He has been training for over ten years and currently holds the rank of brown belt, and remains involved in both the MMA and BJJ scene. Ben has been writing about combat sports since 2017. He has interviewed and profiled some of MMA's biggest stars, including multiple UFC champions.

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