Submission Underground has had an interesting streak. The Chael Sonnen promotion was matching A level MMA fighters with great grapplers. However the event that signified their return to mainstream, having penned a deal with UFC Fight pass wasn’t exactly surprising.
In the main event Jake Shields defeated Austin Vanderford after as much as 3 overtime periods. Aging Shields struggled to find his opening and the match was often a stalemate.
Even in overtime submissions were in deficit as Shields ultimately won via ride time.
“I’m trying to decide what I’m doing next if I’m going to keep fighting or just do grappling,” Shields said in his post-match interview with Chael Sonnen. “I’m trying to figure it out.”