Paul Craig is building quite a reputation for his submission skills in the UFC.
It took the Scottish light heavyweight just over two minutes to wrap up a triangle choke submission to put away Gadzhimurad Antigulov in the opening round of their matchup on the main card at UFC on ESPN 14. All five of Craig’s victories inside the octagon have come by submission, with three of those finishes via his signature triangle choke.
“When you’re a brown belt, you can finish a triangle,” Craig said afterwards. “My stand up is getting better. Everyday I’m getting a little bit better.”
A quick punch from Antigulov in the first exchange of the fight led to a takedown, but Craig had no fear fighting underneath his opponent. As soon as the action hit the floor, Craig began working his legs up Antigulov’s back to begin looking for the submission.
While Antigulov was trying to rain down punches from the top, Craig measured up his legs as he continued to work towards a position where he could lock in the triangle choke.
All it took was a momentary lapse in Antigulov’s defense, and Craig latched onto the submission, quickly tightening his grip, which led to the tap at 2:06 in the first round.
Win, lose or draw, Craig has always been a fighter worth watching any time he performs, and now, he’ll head home to celebrate his latest submission victory from Fight Island.
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