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#8 Peso semipesado Division

Activo

"BearJew"

Paul Craig

Peso semipesado Division

16-5-1 (W-L-D)

3

Wins by Knockout

13

Wins by Submission

11

First Round Finishes

Paul Craig

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Learn more about Paul Craig's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Activo
Hometown
Airdrie, Reino Unido
Trains at
Scottish Hit Squad
Fighting style
Kung-Fu
Age
34
Height
75.50
Weight
206.00
Octagon Debut
Dec. 18, 2016
Reach
76.00
Leg reach
43.00

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2013
     
  • 13 wins by submission (RNC, 8 triangle, guillotine, 2 armbar, brabo), three by KO
     
  • Has finished all wins, 11 in the first round
     
  • Had 3-0 amateur record
     
  • Origin of nickname – “Closely guarded gym secret.”

UFC History
UFC Fight Night
(7/23/22) Craig lost a three round unanimous decision to Volkan Oezdemir 
UFC Fight Night (3/19/22) Craig submitted Nikita Krylov via triangle choke at 3:57 of the first round 
UFC 263 (6/12/21) Craig stopped Jamahal Hill via strikes at 1:59 of the first round
UFC 255 (11/21/20) Craig stopped Mauricio Rua via strikes at 3:36 of the second round
UFC on ESPN (7/26/20) Craig submitted Gadzhimurad Antigulov via triangle choke at 2:06 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (11/16/19) Craig fought to a three round draw with Mauricio Rua
UFC Fight Night (9/21/19) Craig submitted Vinicius Moreira via rear naked choke at 3:19 of the first round
UFC on ESPN (6/29/19) Craig was knocked out by Alonzo Menifield at 3:19 of the first round
UFC on ESPN (3/30/19) Craig submitted Kennedy Nzechukwu via triangle choke at 4:20 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (12/2/18) Craig was submitted by Jimmy Crute via kimura at 4:51 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (3/17/18) Craig submitted Magomed Ankalaev at 4:59 of the third round
UFC Fight Night (7/16/17) Craig was knocked out by Khalil Rountree at 4:56 of the first round
UFC 209 (3/4/17) Craig was stopped by Tyson Pedro via strikes at 4:10 of the first round
UFC on FOX (12/17/16) Craig submitted Henrique da Silva via armbar at 1:59 of the second round

 

Q&A

TRAINING: Morning gym session, coffee with the coach (Brian Gallacher), fuel up for an afternoon session, fuel up again and back in to train at night.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I was dragged to a Jits class by a friend five years ago and found I was pretty good at holding half-naked sweaty guys to the ground. From there I started boxing a year later and had my first fight about that time, winning with a triangle choke.
What ranks and titles have you held? As an amateur, I held British and Scottish LHW championships. As a pro, I held British, European and BAMMA world LHW titles. I was Abu Dhabi European world champion as Purple belt. Five-time Scottish BJJ champion. Five-time British BJJ champion. Black belt in BJJ. 
Do you have any heroes?  Arnold Schwarzenegger
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? When I stared training, I had no idea I would have been fighting on the biggest stage for MMA and it still doesn't feel real. I have sacrificed so much to get to this point, and it means so much to me and my team.
What was your job before you started fighting? I have been teaching personal development in high schools for the last six years.