Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones was back in the cage on Saturday night, competing against recently retired star Dan Henderson at the Submission Underground 2 grappling event.
The two fighters had been scheduled for an MMA fight four years ago at UFC 151, but that infamously fell through when ‘Hendo’ pulled out injured, resulting in the entire event being scrapped.
Sunday’s match-up was a purely grappling affair with no striking allowed, and after a few minutes of clinch work against the cage Jones executed a slick throw to take Henderson down to the mat.
Jones dominated from them on as he passed Henderson’s guard and eventually tapped him out with an arm triangle choke.
Afterwards, Jones got on the mic and called out the event’s organizer Chael Sonnen to grapple with him at the next Submission Underground event on January 29th.
Another recently retired UFC fighter, Miesha Tate also grappled at the event opposite Jessica Eye, who’s still on the promotion’s roster.
Tate had appeared to submit Eye with an armbar during regulation time, but the referee mistakingly called an end to the bout thinking that she had tapped out, which proved not to have been the case and led to the match-up being restarted.
After that confusion the bout would go to overtime, with Tate emerging victorious after escaping Eye’s submissions in quicker time than her opponent was able to.
Check out all the results from Submission Underground 2 below.
Jon Jones def. Dan Henderson by arm-triangle in 6:39
Miesha Tate def. Jessica Eye on escape time in OT
Jeff Monson def. Warren Brooks by neck crank in OT
Joe Baize def. Shaun Kiatvongcharoen by heel hook at 0:30
Kyra Batara def. Rita Lynne Gribben by escape time in OT
John Diggins def. KC Thompson by kneebar in 0:59
Ben Egli def. Devin Roan by kneebar in 5:12
Matt Howell def. Josh Bennett by escape time in OT
Lee Flores def. Brad Pole by rear-naked choke in OT
Alex Le def. Robert Wolfe by kimura in 0:41
Sam Robinson def. Katie Ericson by armbar in 2:16
Jeffery Pelton def. Marques Daniels by escape time in OT
Phill Schwartz def. Gus Bessa by rear-naked choke in OT
Kyle Ellsworth def. Rick Bell by rear-naked choke in OT
Andrew Alexander def. Tyree Freshner by heel hook in 0:41
Kevin Hughes def. Mike Currier by kneebar in 4:04
Chris Folsom def. Jose Rodriguez by escape time in OT
Stryder Davis def. Niko Hughes by escape time in OT
Nicholas Maximov def. Chris Bauer by armbar in 5:06
Chris Martin def. Charles Batey by heel hook in 2:29