Andrew Craig

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Andrew Craig
Born Andrew Craig
(1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 28)
Houston, Texas
Other names Highlight
Residence Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Houston, Texas
Team Jackson's Submission Fighting Team Tooke
Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [2][3]
Years active 2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 12
Wins 9
By knockout 3
By submission 1
By decision 5
Losses 3
By submission 1
By decision 2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Andrew Craig (born January 15, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist. He currently fights as a Middleweight in the UFC and has also competed for Bellator.

Background[edit]

Craig is from Houston, Texas, and grew up playing hockey and football. He attended college at the University of Texas where he earned a degree in corporate communications. Craig began learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu from his cousin who was a black belt in the martial art. After graduating college, Craig began his career as a professional MMA fighter.

MMA career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Craig made his professional debut in May 2010 for USA MMA winning his first fight via unanimous decision. His second fight was held at Bellator 27 against Rodrigo Pinheiro. Craig won the fight after the cageside doctor ruled Pinheiro unable to continue. Craig won two fights under the International Xtreme Fight Association banner before signing with the Texas based promotion Legacy Fighting Championships.

Legacy Fighting Championships[edit]

Craig made his Legacy Fighting Championships debut on April 9, 2011 against William Bush for the Legacy Fighting middleweight title. In the fifth and final round, Craig won the fight via TKO.

Craig was set to make his first title defense at Legacy Fighting 8 against Bellator and WEC veteran, Eric Schambari. However, Schambari weighed in past the middleweight limit and the fight became a three round non-title fight. Craig won the fight via unanimous decision.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Craig made his UFC debut on short notice as an injury replacement for Jared Hamman against Australian Kyle Noke on March 3, 2012 at UFC on FX 2.[4] Despite losing the first round, Craig came back to dominate the second and third rounds, winning via unanimous decision.

Craig defeated Rafael Natal on July 11, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman.[5] After being rocked and controlled for the majority of the second round, Craig landed a head kick to capture a comeback knockout victory.

In his third fight for the promotion, Craig faced Ronny Markes on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[6] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. It was the first loss of his professional career.

Craig defeated former WEC Middleweight Champion Chris Leben via split decision on July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[7]

Craig took on English fighter Luke Barnatt in his next outing on October 26, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 30.[8] He lost the fight via submission in the second round. Despite the loss on his record, the fight also earned Craig his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[9]

Craig was expected to face Chris Camozzi on April 11, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 39.[10] However, the fight was cancelled on the day of the weigh-ins as Craig was ruled out with an illness.[11]

Craig faced Cezar Ferreira on June 28, 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens.[12] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Legacy Fighting Championship
    • Legacy FC Middleweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–3 Cezar Ferreira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Loss 9–2 Luke Barnatt Submission (rear naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 2 2:12 Manchester, England Fight of the Night
Win 9–1 Chris Leben Decision (split) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–1 Ronny Markes Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 8–0 Rafael Natal KO (head kick & punches) UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman July 11, 2012 2 4:52 San Jose, California, United States
Win 7–0 Kyle Noke Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann March 3, 2012 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Win 6–0 Eric Schambari Decision (unanimous) Legacy Fighting Championship 8 September 16, 2011 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Schambari missed weight; Non-title bout
Win 5–0 William Bush TKO (punches) Legacy Fighting Championship 6 April 9, 2011 5 2:47 Houston, Texas, United States Won Legacy FC Middleweight Championship
Win 4–0 Jon Kirk Submission (triangle choke) IXFA 5 February 26, 2011 2 1:04 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Josh Foster Decision (unanimous) IXFA 4 December 4, 2010 3 3:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 2–0 Rodrigo Pinheiro TKO (doctor stoppage) Bellator 27 September 2, 2010 3 2:53 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 1–0 Antuan Williams Decision (unanimous) USA MMA 12 May 22, 2010 3 5:00 Kinder, Louisiana, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Swanson vs. Stephens". UFC.com. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "UFC on Fuel TV 4 Preview & Predictions". Pro Fighting Fans. Jul 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "UFC 162 Preliminary Predictions". sportsblog.com. Jul 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Andrew Craig replaces Jared Hamman, meets Kyle Noke at UFC on FX 2". 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rafael Natal vs. Andrew Craig slated for UFC on FUEL TV 4". mmajunkie.com. May 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. November 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ Staff (2013-03-12). "Craig vs. Leben added to July's UFC 162 event". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Two Middleweight Bouts Confirmed For UFC Manchester 2013". YourMMA.tv. 2013-08-22. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 30 bonuses: Machida, Musoke, Barnatt and Craig earn $50k awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  10. ^ Alex Schlinsky. "UFC Fight Night 39: Abu Dhabi adds ten fights". fansided.com. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  11. ^ John Morgan (2014-04-10). "Illness scraps Andrew Craig vs. Chris Camozzi at UFC Fight Night 39". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 
  12. ^ Daniel Saludo (2014-04-22). "Craig to fight Ferreira in San Antonio". csnhouston.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 

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