Paul Craig pulled off another late submission finish earlier tonight (Sat., Mar. 30, 2019) at UFC on ESPN 2 from inside Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, when he put a stop to light heavyweight prospect Kennedy Nzechukwu via triangle choke with 40 seconds left in the third round.
While this fight wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, mostly due in part to the inadvertent eye pokes and cage grabs by Nzechukwu, the 205-pound clash still produced memorable moments. Whether it was Nzechukwu splitting Craig open with elbows in the clinch and hammer fists on the ground, or Craig nearly ripping Nzechukwu’s arm off with an early armbar attempt, fight fans got a little bit of everything. Unfortunately for Nzechukwu, Craig got the last laugh with a slick triangle choke late into the third that saw “Bearjew” pull Nzechukwu into his body, lock up the submission, turn the Nigerian over and force the tap.
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With this performance, Craig locks down another impressive late-fight submission finish having choked out Magomed Ankalaev with one second left on the clock just one year ago. The 31-year-old doesn’t make his wins look easy, but Craig is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous grapplers in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, as all three of his Octagon victories have come by way of submission.
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