Paul Craig
Bearjew

Scotland

Racks up another submission win
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 25, 2020
Craig defeated Gadzhimurad Antigulov via submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:06 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Give Craig credit, everyone -- his opponents included -- are well aware he is a one-dimensional submission specialist, yet he somehow manages to win fights. Supremely confident he could tap out Antigulov off of his back, Craig accepted the position in the early going and quickly worked to finish his opponent off. It was a think of beauty and really showed just how dangerous Craig is on the mat. Craig's ceiling is forever limited by his inability to seriously threaten his opposition on the feet, but he can defeat any man on the roster who is foolish enough to give him the opportunity to clamp on a submission. The decisive victory will also earn Craig a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
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Headed to Fight Island
Light HeavyweightUFC
July 2, 2020
Craig will take on Gadzhimurad Antigulov in a light heavyweight matchup July 25 on Fight Island.
ANALYSIS
Craig had last been booked to face Ryan Spann in London on March 21, but that event ended up being the first in a wave of cards that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He'll now get a chance to return in the last of four nights of fights on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Craig, who is coming off a draw against Shogun Rua, will now take on Antigulov instead, the loser of back-to-back fights. This projects as a low-scoring fight from a fantasy perspective, as both fighters land only 2.33 significant strikes per minute or less. Antigulov will likely look for takedowns, as he's recorded five total in four UFC bouts, and Craig has a takedown defense of only 57 percent.
Next fight in limbo
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Craig's next walk to the Octagon is in limbo in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ANALYSIS
Craig was originally scheduled to meet Ryan Spann at UFC London on March 21, but that event was cancelled at the last minute due to precautions designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The UFC appears to be moving on, scheduling Spann to face Sam Alvey in a UFC 249 preliminary fight. The next steps for Craig are unclear at this time, as the Scottish fighter may be facing travel obstacles as a result of the pandemic.
Draws Ryan Spann in London
Light HeavyweightUFC
December 19, 2019
Craig will take on Ryan Spann in a light heavyweight matchup at UFC London on March 21.
ANALYSIS
Craig recently took on Shogun Rua in a fight that was ruled a draw, putting his record at an even 4-4-1 with the company. He draws a tough assignment despite fighting on his side of the Atlantic Ocean, as Spann is a perfect 3-0 since joining the UFC, including back-to-back stoppages within two rounds. Spann sports higher striking volume over a smaller sample size, and has slightly better defensive striking marks. Craig is a slightly more accurate striker and has more offensive wrestling tools in his arsenal. Spann will enter with height and reach advantages.
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.
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.