Craig (16-4-1 MMA, 8-4-1 UFC) added another brilliant, unexpected submission to his resume Saturday when he locked in a slick triangle choke to tap out Nikita Krylov (26-9 MMA, 8-7 UFC) in the opening round of their light heavyweight fight at The 02.
The Scottish fighter has made a career of pulling rabbits out of his hat when it seems like he’s in serious peril. That’s what he did once more against Krylov, and he’s now just one submission shy of tying Glover Teixeira’s all-time divisional record.
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After the fight, Craig said it went down exactly as he’d hoped and called for a UFC return to Glasgow in his home country of Scotland this summer.
“What I had to do was allow him to punch me in the face,” Craig said in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “What that did was open him up and I wanted to find that triangle.”
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