The light heavyweight bout has taken on the feel of a grudge match after Hill and Craig got into it during fight week activities and had to be separated by UFC staff. According to Hill, that’s because Craig goaded followers into going after him online. Craig has said Hill is being “emotional” before the fight and has promised to keep it all business.
Craig, a come-from-behind artist, arrives with a 3-0-1 record in his most recent outings. Most recently, he came out ahead in a rematch against ex-champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua after their first fight ended in a disappointing draw. It was the biggest name added on his resume to date.
Hill returns to the cage after a bout with COVID-19 cancelled his first scheduled meeting with Craig at UFC Vegas 22. The Contender Series vet remains unbeaten in the octagon (though a TKO win over Klidson Abreu was overturned due to a positive marijuana test). Most recently, he stopped Ovince Saint Preux at UFC Vegas 16 to pick up his biggest win to date.
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