The UFC announced Thursday that Craig (12-4-1) and Antigulov (20-6) are set to meet in a light heavyweight bout on July 25 at a “Fight Island” show that takes place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Known for his third-round comeback submissions, Craig is coming off of a 2019 campaign that saw him go 2-1-1. In his most recent outing, “Bearjew” fought former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to a split draw. A bout with Ryan Spann scheduled for this past March was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Antigulov has lost two straight fights by first-round knockout after earning back-to-back first-round submission victories to begin his UFC career. Since his most recent appearance last April, Antigulov has struggled to get a fight in the books. He withdrew from bouts against Ed Herman and Devin Clark in November 2019 and February 2020, respectively, and the coronavirus led to the cancellation of a June 13 Kazakhstan card (later moved to Las Vegas) and Antigulov missing out on a fight with Klidson Abreu.
See the updated card below (bout order to be determined):
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Jai Herbert
Paul Craig vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov