Paul Craig (fighter)
27 November 1987
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||204 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coatbridge, Scotland|
|Team||Scottish Hit Squad|
|Rank||Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Marcos Nardini|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Paul Craig (born 27 November 1987) is a Scottish mixed martial artist who competes in the Light Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2013, he formerly competed for BAMMA, where he was the Light Heavyweight Champion.
Early martial arts career
Paul Craig’s head Coach Brian Martin Gallacher took him from no martial arts experience to 8-0 as an amateur. To 9-0 as a pro in the space of 4 years
Professional mixed martial arts career
Craig won the BAMMA World Light Heavyweight Championship at BAMMA 23 when he defeated Marcin Lazarz by submission. He was set to defend his title against Chris Fields in Dublin when it was postponed following the death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho. The match up was rescheduled but failed to take place due to Craig damaging his ankle ligaments. Paul's first title defence was not rescheduled, as he signed a 4 fight deal with the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Craig made his promotional debut against Luis Henrique da Silva on 17 December 2016 at UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson. He won the fight via submission in Round 2, for which he was awarded with a Performance of the Night bonus.
Craig faced Magomed Ankalaev on 17 March 2018 at UFC Fight Night 127. He won the fight via submission at 4:59 in Round 3, resulting in the latest submission finish in a 3 round fight in UFC history. He was also awarded with a Performance of the Night bonus.
Following the win against Ankalaev, Craig signed a new, four-fight contract with UFC.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Luis Henrique da Silva and Magomed Ankalaev
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|12 matches||10 wins||2 losses|
|Win||10–2||Magomed Ankalaev||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov||17 March 2018||3||4:59||London, England||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||9–2||Khalil Rountree||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio||16 July 2017||1||4:56||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Loss||9–1||Tyson Pedro||TKO (elbows)||UFC 209||4 March 2017||1||4:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–0||Henrique da Silva||Submission (armbar)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||17 December 2016||2||1:59||Sacramento, California, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||8–0||Marcin Łazarz||Submission (triangle choke)||BAMMA 23: Night of Champions||14 November 2015||1||3:51||London, England||Won the BAMMA World Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Karl Moore||Submission (guillotine choke)||BAMMA 22: Duquesnoy vs. Loughnane||19 September 2015||2||0:48||Dublin, Ireland|
|Win||6–0||Adam Wright||Submission (armbar)||Animalistic MMA: Rise of the Alpha||20 June 2015||1||0:47||Preston, England|
|Win||5–0||Andrzej Bachorz||Submission (D'Arce choke)||FightStar Championship 5||11 April 2015||1||2:37||Coventry, England||Won the vacant FightStar Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||4–0||Dan Konecke||TKO (punches)||First Fighting Championship: Resurgence||13 September 2014||1||4:18||Hamilton, Scotland|
|Win||3–0||Jon Ferguson||Submission (choke)||Full Contact Contender 10||21 June 2014||1||1:50||Bolton, England|
|Win||2–0||Antonio Braga||Submission (triangle choke)||Underdog Xtreme Championships 2||1 March 2014||1||2:41||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Win||1–0||Brad Conway||Submission (triangle choke)||First Fighting Championship 3: Prepare For Glory||24 August 2013||1||2:00||Hamilton, Scotland|
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