Diggins Wins At SUG 2
John Diggins Wins In 59 Seconds At SUG 2
Last weekend, the Roseland Theater played host to the second Submission Underground event, in Portland, OR. The event saw household MMA names such as Jon Jones, Dan Henderson and Meisha Tate gracing the main card of a submission grappling event under EBI rules. But headlining the undercard was SBG Portland’s very own John Diggins. Coach Diggins was competing in one of the few gi matches on the card against fellow local black belt KC Thompson, and it took less than a minute for the SBG coach to submit his opponent. Pulling guard before sweeping and coming up on top, Diggins quickly rolled into a knee bar and got the tap in a mere 59 seconds.
The win wasn’t the first time this year that a Diggins has impressed at the Roseland. This July, Amanda Diggins competed in the first Submission Underground event and won in equally emphatic style, tapping her own opponent within the opening minutes via toe hold. Submission Underground, presented by Chael Sonnen and streamed live on flograppling.com, is an exciting development in the ever growing sport of submission grappling, and it is awesome to see two of SBG’s finest black belt competitors featuring on the first two cards. That said, with multiple IBJJF world championship medals between them, and two comfortable submission wins to their names at the SUG events, one can only hope it isn’t long before we see both of them gracing the main card.
Congratulations to Coach John Diggins on his win! The students at SBG Portland couldn’t be prouder! As the coach in charge of SBG Portland’s BJJ competition team, it is always thrilling to see you leading from the front and diving into any challenge put before you, no matter the stage.