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Paul Craig signs new 4 fight deal with UFC


The pressure was on Paul Craig to snap a two fight losing streak to have a chance of a new contract with the UFC ahead of Saturday nights UFC London event.

Craig came up against highly fancied undefeated light heavyweight prospect Magomed Ankalaev and appeared to be on his way to a defeat when he secured a last second submission.

Not only did he secure the win, it seems he has secured his UFC career with a new contract signed. TheMetro newspaper carried an article in which Craig confirmed a new deal had been offered and MMA Fighting’s ArielHelwani confirmed the news on Wednesday, apparently a four fight deal.

It seems that if Craig had been defeated not only was he expecting to be cut from the UFC but he would have walked away from the sport altogether.

“If the UFC didn’t offer me a new contract, I wasn’t going to fight anymore,” Craig told Metro.

“I’d already made that decision before the fight. When you set yourself goals, you can’t settle for second best. … Why would I accept to fight in another promotion? Against weaker opponents? It’s not about the money for me, but it would have been for less money. I was fighting with the attitude that if I lost, then I would end my career not only as a UFC fighter, but an MMA fighter.”

Craig (10-2) now has 2 submission wins over Ankalaev and Henrique da Silva as well as two knockout losses to Tyson Pedro and Khalil Rowntree. For his last second triangle choke submission on Saturday he was awarded a performance of the night bonus.

Craig’s immediate future involves taking his kids to Disneyland however he said post fight he would like to take part on the Liverpool card.

Craig felt the pressure going into his last fight on his contract.

“You’re always anxious coming into a fight, but this one was special,” Craig said. “There was more anxiety because it was a dangerous fight and I was coming to the end of my contract.

“I was coming off two losses. There was the fear that my UFC dream was coming to an end.

“Backs against the wall, in the last second, to win a new contract.”



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29 Comments

  • Michael Mora
    23/03/2018 at 1:44 pm

    Scott Mora

  • Lee Gemmell
    23/03/2018 at 12:24 pm

    Samual Köppen

  • Thomas Spence
    23/03/2018 at 9:48 am

    Ross Murdoch

  • Ryan Sommerville
    22/03/2018 at 11:31 pm

    Gary Sommerville

  • Stefan Mcknight
    22/03/2018 at 10:01 pm

    Darren Thomson hope he’s on the Liverpool card

  • Barry Ross
    22/03/2018 at 9:25 pm

    Andrew Ross Lewis Ross Lewis Cullen

  • Thomas Jack Murray
    22/03/2018 at 9:19 pm

    Lee Nicol

  • Chris Martin
    22/03/2018 at 8:57 pm

    His patter is mince. Braveheart was in the 90s let it go.

  • Gary Watson
    22/03/2018 at 7:08 pm

    🤔 how did that happen??..

  • Ian Schembri
    22/03/2018 at 6:40 pm

    Lee Ritchie 😍

  • David Barclay
    22/03/2018 at 6:40 pm

    Steven McCann he’s no looked that good in his last couple

  • Andrew Bell
    22/03/2018 at 6:32 pm

    that last 10 seconds saved his ufc career brilliant stuff needed a break

  • Búraló Garrett
    22/03/2018 at 6:28 pm

    Amber

  • Ashlee Harding
    22/03/2018 at 6:20 pm

    Liam Halliday Daniel Halliday

  • Stuart Peter Mcneil
    22/03/2018 at 6:19 pm

    Daniel Fagan fair enough😂😂

  • Alex Park
    22/03/2018 at 6:08 pm

    Haha scenes!

  • David Laird
    22/03/2018 at 6:03 pm

    dunno why, his last fight he literally showed up to get battered

  • Frazer Weir
    22/03/2018 at 6:02 pm

    Jack Hunter Craig Gow snide beard

    • Craig Gow
      22/03/2018 at 6:07 pm

      The big man

  • Daniel Clafferty
    22/03/2018 at 5:57 pm

    Tommy you were saying?

  • Dave Rogers
    22/03/2018 at 5:52 pm

    Jamie Brown James McIvor Craig McCutcheon literally was a last second deal clincher!

    • James McIvor
      22/03/2018 at 5:56 pm

      Oaft! Good on him like!

    • Jamie Brown
      22/03/2018 at 6:15 pm

      Amazing. There was rd3 4.59 t.k.o. as well. Has to be the first time there’s been two last second stoppages on a UFC card.

  • Jordan Hercus
    22/03/2018 at 5:52 pm

    John Sinclair

  • William Hassall
    22/03/2018 at 5:46 pm

    Argyle Singh

  • Bobby Hunt
    22/03/2018 at 5:38 pm

    Adam Barr love that

  • Tony Traynor
    22/03/2018 at 5:11 pm

    Excellent!