Paul Craig just isn’t a person to be messed with on the ground and he proved that at UFC 263.
The Scot took on the undefeated and surging Jermahal Hill at light-heavyweight and Craig snapped his arm within the first spherical with a hellacious armbar.
The Bearjew is now unbeaten in his final 5 fights and has an general document of 15-Four following his underdog success at UFC 263, however many felt the referee may have referred to as the competition sooner.
Craig fell onto his again and invited the bottom recreation to which Hill duly obliged. As quickly as Hill got here shut, Craig’s backside recreation took over as he trapped the arm and went to work.
As soon as he rolled via and bent Hill’s arm round his hip, Craig knew it had snapped and signalled to the referee that the injury was completed.
Nevertheless, regardless of flailing in ache, Hill refused to faucet and stayed in place. At which level, Craig started to rain down elbows whereas Hill’s arm simply flop to the facet.
Ultimately, the referee intervened and Craig was awarded the victory by way of TKO. Regardless of the dangerous blood on the weigh-in earlier within the battle week, the 2 males embraced following the battle and Hill even discovered the power to face by Bruce Buffer for the choice with the followers getting have a look at his sickening damaged arm.
Craig paid tribute to the toughness of Hill after the battle and now the 33 yr outdated, beforehand ranked 14th at 205lbs, will need to have eyes on taking up the highest 10.
Names like Johnny Walker, Jiri Prochazka, Dominik Reyes and, in fact, champion Jan Blachowicz are all heavy-hitters within the division however few, if any, will have the ability to match Craig on the bottom. He may show to be the bogeyman at that weight
It’s understood that Hill was taken to an area medical facility straight after his battle with Craig. It’s unclear whether it is simply an elbow dislocation or if the arm was utterly damaged and he would require surgical procedure. talkSPORT will maintain you up to date on his situation as particulars emerge.
Earlier within the night time, Craig’s fellow Scot Joanne Calderwood was significantly unfortunate to got here away with the loss after developing brief to Lauren Murphy by way of break up resolution (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
Calderwood had outstruck Murphy by nearly double within the first spherical and seemed to have shaded the third, however after being dominated on the ground within the second, the judges had been swayed in Murphy’s favour.