Paul Craig gets superb, violent submission finish on Jamahal Hill at UFC 263
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Glendale, Arizona for the first time in over a year tonight, as UFC 263 takes place live on demand.
Headlining the event is a championship fight between UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and No.3 middleweight contender Marvin Vettori, a rematch of their 2018 scrapping that saw Adesanya the winner. by shared decision.
Co-headlining the event is another rematch of the Championship, this one between UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo and former WFF & LFA flyweight champion, No.1 ranked flyweight contender Brandon Moreno .
Nate Diaz also returns tonight in the main event of the night, as he takes on No.3-ranked Leon Edwards in the UFC’s first-ever five-round fight with no title and no main event.
The main card opening tonight was a light-heavyweight fight between No.14 Paul Craig (14-4-1) and No.15 Jamahal Hill (8-0) 1 NC .
This is a classic match between striker and grappler.
Craig is about as savvy of an offensive submission fighter as we have, especially being a BJJ brown belt, rather than owning a black belt. It’s surprising, because it can subject just about anyone in the world to 205 pounds.
Glover Teixeira may be the only exception to this.
Hill, on the other hand, is a terribly dangerous forward who is excellent at hurting opponents first and then finishing them off. Three of Craig’s four losses come by knockout, and of course, as you see, Hill still hasn’t been defeated.
Read on to see how this epic encounter between light and heavyweights turned out:
Official result: Paul Craig beat. Jamahal Hill via technical submission (triangular arm) at 1:59 of the first round
Hill comes out and takes the center of the octagon, while Craig throws a few kicks down the middle to keep Hill from entering his range.
Hill ends up rushing for a left cross, where Craig leans in, secures a hook on Hill’s right arm and tries to pull the guard. It doesn’t work the first time around, but about ten seconds later on the second try it works.
Craig still has the left hook on Hill’s right arm, which looks a bit like a guard lock. He then switches to an armband, but Hill is able to pull it out.
However, Craig is able to secure the off-hook again and regain custody with it.
Now Craig doesn’t go for the arm he locked up, he goes for the left arm he didn’t lock up, so brilliantly we have to add, and breaks it in seconds.
Craig then blocks a triangular choke and begins hitting Hill hard with elbows and punches, very hard. Hill’s arm collapsed and the fight stopped seconds after he slapped with his broken arm.
Hill signaled to the referee just as his arm broke, but did not tap, which was odd. That is why he was not initially arrested.
But what did we say? Paul Craig is absolutely nasty on the mat!
Even against a relatively inexperienced grappler, this is the type of performance that wows you!
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