FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Paul Craig
By Dan McConnell
The UFC’s latest card from Fight Island and the return of Bellator took centre stage this past weekend.
On Friday night former UFC flyweight contender Sergio Pettis made his second walk inside the Bellator cage at the Mohegan Sun Arena, and defeated top contender Ricky Bandejas, adding to his three fight win streak.
At the age of 26, the younger brother of Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis has made Bellator a home and looks to push for a title shot in the foreseeable future.
While on Saturday night former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker took on Liverpool’s own Darren Till, which was the UFC’s last card in Abu Dhabi upon their return to Las Vegas.
Khamzat Chimaev redefined his dominance in the welterweight division by dispatching the debuting Rhys McKee, outlining ‘Skeletor’ 68 punches to 0.
However, this weeks award winner goes to Scotland’s own Paul ‘Bearjew’ Craig, for his impressive triangle choke submission!
The former BAMMA 205-pound champion made his debut with the UFC in December 2016, in what has been a bumpy road for the 32-year old.
Early defeats to Tyson Pedro and Khalil Rountree stumped the growth of the Airdrie born fighter. But as shown by his ‘Braveheart’ mentality, the Scotsman proved why he was deserving on his main-card spot.
Craig beat the tough Gadzhimurad Antigulov with a slick triangle choke inside the first round, and one that would earn the Scot a performance of the night bonus!
Craig took a few heavy punches in the first, but smartly lured his Russian opponent into coming down to his world on the mat. The brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has always carried his sword into battle, and it came in handy when he sunk in a tight submission to give him victory.
Craig is now tied for the most submissions in UFC light-heavyweight history with 5.
Out of Craig’s 13 professional wins, he has amounted 12 total submissions which is an insane ratio, especially consider the weight class and typical knockout fashion of the heavy-hitters.
With a record of 13-4-1, I’m sure Craig will love to kick on and finally get a victory over a big name inside the octagon.
One of my favourite fighters to watch in the world of mixed martial arts, proved why he deserves his spot on the 205-pound division and rightly earns this weeks FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award!