Paul Craig makes easy work of Antigulov securing the first round submission

Paul Craig makes easy work of Antigulov securing the first round submission

UFC on ESPN 14 takes place Saturday, July 25 and is headlined by a middleweight bout between former champion Robert Whittaker and former welterweight title contender Darren Till.

The event takes place at the Flash Forum in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The card airs on ESPN and streams on ESPN+.

In a light heavyweight showdown, two submission standouts face off as Paul Craig takes on Gadzhmurad Antigulov.

Paul Craig enters this bout following a draw with MMA legend, Mauricio Shogun Rua at UFC on ESPN+ 22. Thus far, with a record of 4-4-1 in the UFC, Craig is known for looking to finish the contest as quick as possible. Tonight, at UFC Fight Night: Whitaker vs Till, he takes on Gadzhmurad Antigulov who is also known for his quick submissions.

Gadzhmurad, Antigulov, a submission specialist in his own right, stands 2-2 with the promotion. He comes into this fight looking to snap a 2 fight losing streak with his last outing in the octagon coming to Michał Oleksiejczuk at UFC on ESPN+ 7, last year.

Here is how the light heavyweight bout between Paul Craig and Gadzhmurad went down at UFC Fight Night: Whitaker vs. Till, including round by round scoring. For full results, check them out here.

The contest begins and Paul Craig charges across the cage. He commits first with a touching Antigulov upstairs. Antigulov presses forward with his own punches to get Craig against the fence for the takedown. Craig attacks from the bottom immediately but AntiGulov fends it off well and the two begin to scramble for position on the floor. Antigulov attempts ground and pounding from top position as Craig throws his legs up for the triangle choke attempt. Antigulov starts hammering Craig with right hands as the choke is getting tighter. Antigulov has made Craig shed some blood from his right hands but Craig stays active on the triangle choke and secures the finish early in round 1.

Official result: Paul Craig wins via submission (triangle choke) at 2:06 into round 1.

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