Mason Fowler has been the reigning absolute champion for quite some time now, so Submission Underground are deciding to hold a tournament to find a worthy challenger at their 24th event. This isn’t entirely new ground for the promotion as their inaugural absolute champion, Craig Jones, also ran through a whole host of challengers initially and they took the same approach to find a challenger for him too. Coincidentally, that’s how Fowler actually became champion, he won that first 8-man tournament back at SUG 15 and earned the right to challenge Jones at the very next event in a fight he would go on to win.
Since that victory, Fowler has gone on to defend his title a phenomenal seven times, having fought at every single SUG event thereafter. Most recently, he was seen sinking in the rear-naked choke to finish 10th Planet’s Kyle Chambers inside of the regulation time-period. It also seems as though his success in the Submission Underground cage has filled Mason Fowler with well-deserved confidence, as he recently decided to call out former UFC Welterweight and Middleweight world champion Georges St-Pierre for a grappling match too.
There has been no announcement of who will feature in the SUG 8-man tournament just yet, but the last one featured the likes of Roberto Jimenez, Kody Steele, and Nathan Orchard. Alongside the reward of a title-shot against Fowler, the winner of the tournament will also walk away with a $10,000 grand prize, while the runner-up will still receive $5,000 and the third-placed athlete will receive $2,500. Assuming the event runs just like SUG 15 did, there will also likely be a number of superfights throughout the event too.
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