Australian grappler Craig Jones will be making his return to Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground to take on ex-Bellator World Champion Brent Primus at their nineteenth event. Submission Underground 19 was already stacked with some of the best grapplers in MMA and another one, in the form of BJJ black belt Primus, has just been added. There’s still some room left on the card and rumors are circling as to how it will be filled, with Gilbert Burns angling for a high-stakes match against Nate Diaz, and James Gallagher eager to answer Sonnen’s previous call to face Sean O’Malley.
Regardless of which fighters from both the UFC and Bellator do end up competing at Submission Underground 19, Craig Jones was one man who nobody expected to see competing until this match with Brent Primus was announced. This is because Jones previously revealed that he was considering stopping competing on Submission Underground events as he was not a fan of the ruleset employed, specifically the EBI overtime rounds that come after a relatively short five-minute regulation time period.
This statement came directly after Jones lost his Submission Underground Championship to Mason Fowler and lost his immediate rematch, with both fights being decided by EBI overtime rounds. It seemed as though his mind was made up at SUG 18, when Jones was absent from competition after competing in eleven events for the promotion, and the last six in a row. Even if the regulation time period is still set at five minutes, it’ll be exciting just to see Jones back in action for the first time since beating Roberto Jimenez at Who’s Number One in September.
The full Submission Underground 19 event will be streamed live on 20th December on UFC FightPass, click here to subscribe and watch.