Submission Underground 19 delivered an action-packed night of elite grappling action after a promising announcement of the lineup, one that was stacked with top MMA competitors. One of the biggest storylines leading up to the event was the return of Craig Jones, who recently lost his unbeaten SUG record and his absolute championship to Mason Fowler. Jones then explained in a public forum that he might be done with competing at SUG events as he wasn’t happy with the short regulation time-periods that are followed by EBI overtime rules.
After a little time away, Jones was due to make his return at SUG 19 by taking on former Bellator World Champion Brent Primus in a match that he would end up winning in style within a matter of minutes. There was also a bizarre turn of events in the co-main event matchup between Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos, one that led to a replay of the EBI overtime rounds after the main event had concluded. After escaping back control incredibly quickly in the first overtime round, Cerrone took spiderweb control for the second round of overtime and as he went belly-down, Dos Anjos appeared to tap with his free hand and the referee called the fight.
After some protest from Dos Anjos, it seemed as though the SUG officials didn’t want a replay of the controversial finish from Mason Fowler and Craig Jones’ first match, so they agreed to redo the overtime rounds after the main event, and Cerrone ended up winning a round earlier in a similar fashion. Mason Fowler retained his title in the final full matchup by making it to overtime against the man with the significant size advantage, Satoshi Ishii. From there, he managed to escape against the bigger man incredibly quickly and only allowed him to build up seven seconds of ride-time throughout them all.
Locking up an armbar in the final overtime round was essentially a formality for Fowler as he would’ve likely won by fastest escape time either way. SUG also put another title on the line for the first time ever, the women’s title, which was to be contested between Amanda Loewen and Felicia Spencer. Loewen put on a solid display and was one of only three people to manage to finish their fight within the regulation time period, locking up an armbar within a little under four minutes.
Submission Underground 19 Full Results
Donald Cerrone defeats Rafael dos Anjos via Submission – Armbar – Overtime 1, 0:20
Mason Fowler defeats Satoshi Ishii via Submission – Armbar – Overtime 3, 0:11
Fowler retains the absolute championship
Donald Cerrone defeats Rafael dos Anjos via Submission – Armbar – Overtime 2, 0:20
Ryan Bader defeats Anthony Johnson via Fastest Escape Time – Full time
Craig Jones defeats Brent Primus via Submission- Rear-naked Choke – Regulation, 3:50
Kevin Casey defeats Gabriel Checco via Submission – Armbar – Overtime 3, 0:23
Amanda Loewen defeats Felicia Spencer via Submission – Armbar – Regulation, 3:47
Loewen wins the inaugural women’s title
Andy Varela defeats Cris Lencioni via Submission – Rear-naked Choke – Overtime 1, 0:30
Phill Schwartz defeats Alex Larmey via Submission – Rear-naked Choke – Overtime 3, 0:34
Charlie Gilpin defeats Paul Kaufman via Submission – Guillotine Choke – Regulation, 0:40
Denny Prokopos defeats Don Stoner via Submission – Armbar – Overtime 1, 0:03
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