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Coatbridge, Scotland’s Paul Craig earns 5th UFC win, submits Gadzhimurad Antigulov in Abu Dhabi

Paul “Bearjew” Craig, 32, of Coatbridge, Scotland was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 14.” It marked the Scottish mixed martial artist’s fifth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 15 MMA bouts, “UFC on ESPN 14” took place on the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 25, 2020 in the United States or July 26, 2020 in the UAE. In the 11th bout of the evening, Craig fought Gadzhimurad Antigulov, 33, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia in the heavyweight division.

Marc Goddard served as the referee of the heavyweight contest. He put a stop to the bout after 2 minutes and 6 seconds in the first round when Craig submitted Antigulov via triangle choke.

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 14” improved Craig’s professional MMA record to 13 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. It was the 12th time the Scottish MMA fighter submitted an opponent in a professional MMA bout.

On the other hand, Antigulov now has 20 wins and 7 losses. “UFC on ESPN 14”  marked the Dagestani MMA fighter’s third loss in the UFC.

No Fight of the Night bonus was awarded at “UFC on ESPN 14.” There were six Performance of the Night winners namely Craig, Tanner “The Bulldozer” Boser, 28, of Canada, Fabrício “Vai Cavalo” Werdum, 42, of Brazil, Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev, 26, of Sweden, Jesse “The Body Snatcher” Ronson34, of Canada and Tom Aspinall, 27, of England.

 

Born in Airdrie, Scotland on November 27, 1987, Craig made his professional MMA debut in 2013. He was undefeated from 2013 to 2016.

When Craig made his UFC debut in 2016, he submitted Henrique da Silva. The next opponents the Scottish MMA fighter defeated in the promotion before facing Antigulov at “UFC on ESPN 14” were Magomed Ankalaev, Kennedy Nzechukwu and Vinicius Moreira Castro.

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