UFC Sacramento Results: Paul Craig Armbars Henrique da Silva
In a battle of top light heavyweight prospects at UFC Sacramento, Paul Craig earned a second-round guillotine over Luis Henrique da Silva.
Paul “Bearjew” Craig has plenty of hype behind him coming into the UFC from Scotland. Craig is 8-0 in his career, finishing seven of those fights via submission. Most recently, Craig became the BAMMA Light Heavyweight Champion last November with a first round rear-naked choke. Despite a history of submissions, Craig promised to knock out his Brazilian foe.
Luis Henrique da Silva is also an undefeated prospect, with two wins in his young Octagon career. “Frankenstein” knocked out all of his 10 opponents on the Brazilian circuit before catching the eyes of the UFC. With a knockout victory over Jonathan Wilson and a submission over Joachim Christensen in a very entertaining contest, da Silva looks like a light heavyweight that will make waves in the coming years.
The fight kicked off with Craig refusing to touch gloves with da Silva (who was offering) by kicking him in the face. da Silva responded with a clinch, but Craig was able to counter with a takedown. Despite da Silva’s great jiu-jitsu skills, Craig was able to control him soundly.
The Brazilian was able to gain top position after a deep guillotine attempt from Craig failed. da Silva was visibly tired and cut open, but landed a heavy right hand towards the end of the round, a round which Craig clearly won.
Craig opened up the second round aggressively, landing a heavy combination along the fence. da Silva was able to clinch Craig against the cage, but the Scot pulled guard and attacked with a triangle choke. da Silva was able to fight it off, but Craig quickly transitioned to an armbar. da Silva broke free temporarily, but Craig forced the tap on the second effort.
It was a brilliant debut for Paul Craig, who showcased a slick ground game and effective striking. In a division desperate for prospects, a new face is more than welcome.
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