Discover the incredible journey of Paul Craig in the UFC, from an unproven fighter to an unstoppable force. Read about his memorable victories and unforgettable moments in the octagon.
Paul Craig’s Journey to Success: From Unproven to Unstoppable
Paul Craig, a 35-year-old Scotsman, will be stepping into the cage at the O2 Arena in London to face off against Andre Muniz in a middleweight showcase at UFC Fight Night 224. Craig, who arrived in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2016 as an unbeaten but unproven fighter, has since proven himself as a formidable force in the sport. Despite coming off back-to-back losses, Craig is determined to secure his first win in 490 days.
Rising Through the Ranks
Craig’s journey to the top has been marked by memorable rivalries and impressive victories. One of his notable victories came against Marcin Lazarz in the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) light heavyweight championship. Craig showcased his skills and secured a triangle choke submission in the first round, defeating Lazarz and claiming the title.
Another significant matchup for Craig was against Tyson Pedro in the UFC 209 light heavyweight prelim. Pedro, an Australian prospect, maintained his perfect record by delivering a barrage of elbow strikes that ultimately led to Craig’s defeat in the first round. Despite the loss, Craig’s resilience and determination were evident throughout the fight.
Triumph Against All Odds
One of Craig’s most memorable victories came against Magomed Ankalaev in the UFC Fight Night 127 undercard. Ankalaev dominated the match, outstriking Craig and controlling the fight for almost the entire duration. However, in a surprising turn of events, Craig executed a Hail Mary triangle choke in the final seconds of the third round, forcing Ankalaev to tap out. This victory showcased Craig’s ability to capitalize on opportunities and secure wins against formidable opponents.
A Draw and Redemption
Craig’s journey also included a split draw against Mauricio Rua in their three-round UFC Fight Night 164 co-headliner. The fight was closely contested, with Craig displaying his striking skills and Rua showcasing his ground game. The judges’ scorecards reflected the back-and-forth nature of the fight, with one judge scoring it a draw and the other two favoring Craig and Rua, respectively.
In their rematch at UFC 255, Craig proved his dominance over a more shopworn Rua, securing a victory by submitting him with punches in the second round. This win solidified Craig’s position as a force to be reckoned with in the UFC.
Paul Craig’s journey in the UFC has been one of perseverance, resilience, and triumph. From his early days as an unproven fighter to his current status as a top middleweight contender, Craig has proven that he belongs among the elite in the sport. As he prepares to face Andre Muniz, fans eagerly anticipate another thrilling performance from this unstoppable Scottish fighter.
This article first appeared on Sherdog and was syndicated with permission.