Paul Craig
Bearjew

Scotland

Fights Shogun to draw
Light HeavyweightUFC
November 16, 2019
Craig and Mauricio Rua fought to a split draw (28-29, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
ANALYSIS
Craig was plenty upset with his performance but since he probably deserved to lose he should just be happy with the draw. Craig, who is known for his ground game, was surprisingly effective on the feet. He battered the slow, aging Rua with multiple combinations, but unfortunately for the Scot he allowed Shogun to control the vast majority of the fight from top position. Rua didn't generate a ton of offense, but it's hard to win when you spent nearly half (6:58) of a 15-minute bout on your back. Craig is tough and legitimately good on the mat, but he had just one career knockout win in 17 career fights. Simply put, that's not going to get the job done in the long term.
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Will fight at UFC Sao Paulo
Light HeavyweightUFC
October 29, 2019
Craig will face Mauricio Rua in a light heavyweight matchup in the co-main event at UFC Sao Paulo on Nov. 16, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rua was initially scheduled to face Sam Alvey, but Craig will step in after Alvey was removed from the card for undisclosed reasons. Craig defeated Vinicius Moreira at UFC Mexico City, which brought his UFC record to 4-4 and his professional record to 12-4. Rua carries a 26-11 record as a professional fighter and is coming off three consecutive losses. Craig carries a slight height advantage, while the two fighters are even in reach.
Dominant win in Mexico City
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 21, 2019
Craig defeated Vinicius Moreira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:19 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Mexico City.
ANALYSIS
It was by far the most impressive performance of Craig's three-year UFC run. Although it will go down in the books as a submission win, Craig smashed and overwhelmed Moreira with some vicious ground-and-pound before securing the rear-naked choke that ended the fight. The quality of competition wasn't strong, but Craig could care less about that. The soon-to-be 32-year-old improves to his eight-fight UFC record to .500 and will take home an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
Bounce-back opportunity in September
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 28, 2019
Craig will take on Vinicius Moreira in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC Mexico City on Sept. 21, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Craig has alternated wins and losses in his last five fights, most recently getting knocked out early by Alonzo Menifield in June. He showed poor fight IQ in that matchup with a reckless spinning attack that led to his downfall, so perhaps he'll play it a bit safer in this matchup with Moreira. Moreira has suffered first-round knockouts in his only two fights with the company, so it's an opportunity for Craig to regain momentum and potential send his opponent packing. The two match up relatively equal in terms of measurements, while both men absorb more significant strikes than they land.
Foolish mistake leads to loss
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 29, 2019
Craig lost to Alonzo Menifield via KO (punches) at 3:19 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
ANALYSIS
Known as a highly emotional fighter, Craig went for a needless and foolish spinning kick, and his momentum sent him sprawling to the mat and allowed Menifield the opening to land the combination that ended the bout. With just one knockout victory in his career over the course of 15 professional bouts, Craig is the last guy in the world to be trying for innovative strikes. The 31-year-old has now alternated wins and losses in his past five bouts. There's not much to see here.
Set for match with Menifield
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 29, 2019
Craig will take on Alonzo Menifield at UFC on ESPN 3 on June 29, Dave Doyle of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Craig is coming off a medical suspension, so the announcement of his upcoming bout against the undefeated Menifield indicates that he's had his health cleared by a physician. Of Craig's last seven opponents, Menifield will be the sixth who is undefeated.