Paul Craig left no questions in his rematch with former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua at UFC 255 on Saturday

Craig (14-4-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) used a wrestling schedule and ended up with “Shogun” (27-12-1 MMA, 11-10-1 UFC) in an inevitable back Mount, where he reigned shots until they were flagged off at 2:36 on lap 2

The light heavyweight bout opened the UFC 255 main card at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas It aired on pay-per-view following the heats on ESPN2 / ESPN

Craig started the fight with a kick-heavy strategy Rua kept time to explode with big combinations but his aggression led him straight into Craig’s takedowns. Craig threatened multiple filing attempts, but Rua managed to get a key reversal that got him gave the highest control for the remainder of the round

Rua tied up with a big right hand early in the second round. Craig didn’t like it so he went back to wrestling and got a takedown. Rua picked himself up but was brought back to the mat in a short amount of time, Craig moved into position forward and eventually made the Brazilian give up his back. He locked the rear mount and knocked Rua into submission from the blows

“He’s a legend and we saw that tonight,” said Craig in his post-fight interview. “I’m very excited to win”

With the win, Craig receives a solution for his first encounter with Rua in November 2019, which ended in a draw

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