EA Sports will officially release the trailer for its upcoming EA Sports UFC 4 video game this Saturday at 11 a.m. ET.
Details on the game will also be revealed later on that night on the UFC 251 pay-per-view.
Onward to today’s topic:
Submission Underground 16:
Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground is back for the third time in a month and a half this Sunday evening on UFC Fight Pass for Submission Underground 16.
Coverage on UFC Fight Pass begins live Sunday evening at 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT.
Those of you who plan to watch SUG 16 live on Sunday, please note that the stream will begin 30 minutes prior to the event itself.
As has become the norm, Submission Underground 16 will take place without fans present in Portland, OR inside an abandoned silo with only a single camera operator documenting the event.
These precautions are being taken in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19.)
Rules: In case you have not tuned into Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground before, here are the rules to the competition.
Submission Underground is a submission-only event.
Fights in Submission Underground take place in single five-minute periods and the first contestant to complete a submission in the allotted time will win the fight.
Should neither fighter complete a submission within the five-minute period, the fight transitions to overtime, of which a maximum of three periods can be held.
Should the three overtime periods end without a completed submission, the fighter with the quicker aggregate escape time from his opponent’s submission attempts throughout overtime wins the match.
All submissions are legal in Submission Underground competition, including verbal submissions.
Illegal blows: Striking of any kind is illegal in these fights.
Jones vs. Fowler:
Highlighting the nine-fight card in Submission Underground 16 is its main event between Craig Jones (22-4-1 grappling) and Mason Fowler (9-1 grappling.)
At stake, the Submission Underground Absolute Championship belt.
Fowler won this shot against Jones by taking the $10,000 tournament three weeks ago in Submission Underground 15.
Heading into the main event of the evening this Sunday, Craig Jones is the taller fighter, standing 6-foot-2, three inches taller than Mason Fowler’s 5-foot-11 frame.
Jones has gone 5-0 in his last five grappling matches, most recently scoring a rear-naked choke submission in overtime vs. Gabriel Checco in the co-main event of Submission Underground 15 three weeks ago on UFC Fight Pass.
In the other corner, Fowler has gone 4-1 in his last five grappling fights, including three wins in succession on June 21 to take the $10,000 tournament in Submission Underground 15, two of which came by rear-naked choke in overtime.
Prediction: Craig Jones by rear-naked choke.
Eight other fights take place on Submission Underground 16. Here they are:
Co-Main Event: Amanda Loewen (2-0 grappling) vs. Erin Herle (1-1 grappling)
Herle is a late replacement for Gillian Robertson, who withdrew from this card on Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19.
Robertson is now in quarantine for 14 days.
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Coming in from California on 4 days notice, Erin Herle of Dynamix MMA steps up to face Amanda Loewen at #SUG16. This multi IBJJF Champion black belt replaces Gillian Robertson and has rolled once before with Loewen as well. Swipe through for updated poster and card for Sunday's Submission Underground 16, airing live only on @ufcfightpass at 6PM EST July 12th! #sug #SUG16 #ufcfightpass #submissionunderground #SUGisland #amandaloewen #erinherle #chaelsonnen
Micah Brakefield (3-4 grappling) vs. Jake Ellenberger (1-3 grappling)
Richie Martinez (5-5-1 grappling) vs. Kevin Casey (2-3 grappling)
Andy Varela (2-2-1 grappling) vs. Hunter Colvin (2-1 grappling)
Alex Larmey (0-1 grappling) vs. Lee Flores (0-1 grappling)
Jesse Brock (23-9 MMA, grappling debut) vs. Logan Skinner (1-1 grappling)
Andrew Gundlach (1-0 amateur MMA, grappling debut) vs. Mike DeWitt (1-0 grappling)
Nick Maximov (1-1 grappling) vs. Colton Vaughn (7-6 MMA, grappling debut)