Submission Underground held its eighth grappling event on Sunday in Portland, Oregon, just a day after the UFC 237 pay-per-view (PPV), which ran the same night as Bellator 221, in what proved to be a pretty busy weekend in combat sports.
Topping the card was the showdown between Jake Shields and Austin Vanderford, affectionally known as “Mr. VanZant” for ... you guessed it ... being married to the uber-popular UFC strawweight Paige VanZant.
Shields won by decision.
Elsewhere on the card, Jake Ellenberger was able to outlast former UFC opponent Diego Sanchez, while Gilbert Melendez overcame ex-Strikeforce compatriot, Pat Healy. In addition, Bellator heavyweight Matt Mitrione was submitted by grappling wizard Fabiano Scherner.
Complete Submission Underground 8 results below, helpfully compiled by MMA Junkie:
Jake Shields def. Austin Vanderford via decision (least escape time after three overtimes)
Jake Ellenberger def. Diego Sanchez via decision (least escape time after three overtimes)
Fabiano Scherner def. Matt Mitrione via armbar in 0:36 of overtime
Craig Jones def. Dennis Hallman via toe hold at 0:12 of regulation
Gilbert Melendez def. Pat Healy via decision (least escape time after three overtimes)
Team Currier/Impact Jiu-Jitsu def. Team Hart/The Base via crowd applause vote after time expired
Team Straight Blast Gym def. Team Combat Arts Academy via 6-1 in submissions
Micah Brakefield def. Shaun Kiatvongcharoen via kneebar at 1:10 of regulation
Team Impact Jiu-Jitsu/Nemesis def. Team Titan MMA via crowd applause vote after time expired
Team Brazilian Top Team Happy Valley def. Team 10th Planet Springfield via 3-0 in submissions
Those are some pretty goofy rules (crowd applause) but hey, that’s life on the mats.
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