Paul "Bearjew" Craig


Fighting style: Kung-Fu
Stance: Orthodox
Division: Light Heavyweight
Height: 6' 3"
Reach: 76"
Leg reach: 43.00
Weight: 185 lbs.
Team: Scottish Hit Squad
Nationality: Airdrie, United Kingdom
Out of: Coatbridge, Scotland
Age: 35


Recent win streak: 6
Wins by KO: 3
Wins by submission: 13



Significant Strikes Attempted: 696
Significant Strikes Landed: 323


Takedowns Attempted: 69
Takedowns Landed: 3


Paul Craig is an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) athlete from Scotland. He currently fights in the light heavyweight division and holds a record of 13 wins, 4 losses, and one no contest.

Craig was born on April 8, 1988 in Bellshill, Scotland. He began martial arts at an early age and trained in Judo for 11 years before transitioning to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu when he was 18 years old. His training shifted to MMA after competing in various grappling tournaments across the United Kingdom throughout his teenage years.

In 2011 he joined Scottish Hit Squad where he continued to train with fellow UFC athletes such as Robert Whiteford and Stevie Ray who are still part of his team today. After several successful amateur bouts Paul made his professional MMA debut on June 28th 2013 during Warrior Fight Series 3 where he defeated Phillip Duffy via rear naked choke submission 2 minutes into the first round of their fight.

Following this victory Craig went on to build up a 9-0 undefeated record that earned him a contract with the UFC which resulted in him making his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 84: Silva vs Bisping back in February 2016 against Chris Dempsey where Craig eventually won by rear naked choke submission just over three minutes into the second round of their fight earning himself ‘Submission Of The Night’ award . Since then Paul has gone on to have five more fights all within the octagon including victories against Magomed Ankalaev , Kennedy Nzechukwu , Vinicius Moreira , Gadzhimurad Antigulov & Ryan Spann as well as two defeats during this timeframe coming against Tyson Pedro & Mauricio “Shogun” Rua respectively allowing him to maintain a respectable 5-2 record inside the cage since joining UFC although having not fought since December 2019 due to personal reasons it remains unclear when Paul will return however should everything go according plan we may see him walking out towards another octagon war sooner rather than later .

Fight History

Brendan Allen
Paul Craig: Defeated
by Submission in Round 3 @ 0:38
Sat. Nov 18, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Allen vs. Craig
Andre Muniz
Paul Craig: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 2 @ 4:40
Sat. Jul 22, 2023
UFC Fight Night: Aspinall vs. Tybura
Johnny Walker
Paul Craig: Defeated
by KO/TKO in Round 1 @ 2:16
Sat. Jan 21, 2023
UFC 283: Teixeira vs. Hill
Volkan Oezdemir
Paul Craig: Defeated
by Unanimous Decision in Round 3
Sat. Jul 23, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Aspinall
Nikita Krylov
Paul Craig: Winner
by Submission in Round 1 @ 3:57
Sat. Mar 19, 2022
UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall
Jamahal Hill
Paul Craig: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 1
Sat. Jun 12, 2021
UFC 263: Adesanya vs. Vettori 2
Mauricio Rua
Paul Craig: Winner
by KO/TKO in Round 2
Sat. Nov 21, 2020
UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez
Gadzhimurad Antigulov
Paul Craig: Winner
by Submission in Round 1
Sat. Jul 25, 2020
UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Till
Mauricio Rua
Paul Craig: Defeated
by Draw in Round 3
Sat. Nov 16, 2019
UFC Fight Night: Blachowicz vs. Jacare