UFC light heavyweight Jamahal Hill says Paul Craig deserves a higher-ranked opponent, but he eventually wants a rematch following UFC 263.
In the main card pay-per-view opener at UFC 263, Craig pulled guard in the first round and was able to grab hold of Hill’s arm and twist it, resulting in Hill’s arm being dislocated. Referee Al Guinee did not recognize that the limb was damaged and didn’t stop the fight immediately, which led to Craig smashing Hill in the face with punches while he had him tied up with an arm triangle. The referee soon afterward called off the fight due to first-round TKO (punches) for Craig, who is now unbeaten over his last five fights. Ranked No. 14 heading into UFC 263, Craig will likely want to face someone ranked in the top-10 next following the big win over Hill.
As far as Hill is concerned, Craig deserves to fight someone ranked higher than him. Speaking to TMZ Sports following UFC 263, Hill said that while he eventually wants a rematch with Craig, he knows that won’t be happening anytime soon, and in the meantime “Sweet Dreams” is rooting for “Bearjew” to go far in the sport.
“We’re definitely gonna have to run that one back at some point,” Hill said. “I feel with what he’s done recently, he deserves to move forward and push forward, and I gotta handle whatever I gotta handle through the loss I just went through. But definitely. I hope he keeps winning, then the next time we meet, it’s for some serious marbles. But yeah, that’s definitely one I want to run back.”
Hill wanted fans to know that his arm is healing up already following the win over Craig, and he hopes to return to the Octagon in the coming months when he’s all mended up and ready to fight again.
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