On Saturday afternoon, on the undercard of the UFC’s return to London, England, Scottish light heavyweight Paul Craig authored one of the most insane comebacks ever, surging back after being dominated for 14 minutes and 59 seconds to submit his foe Magomed Ankalaev with one second left in the fight.
This bout marked the final obligation on Craig’s current UFC contract, and though his comeback win was truly incredible, he’s worried he won’t be offered a new contract, as he lost his two previous bouts in the Octagon rather decisively.
“I don’t really know if I’ve done enough to get my contract renewed,” Craig told the media in London (h/t MMAJunkie.com). “We never know. The UFC have got this massive roster, and if I was Dana White and I was watching that, I’d be like, ‘Ah, mate. You’re getting no contract. You can fight for somebody else.”
Whatever the case, Craig is happy to have gotten the win in London.
“I just kept thinking about my daughters and how much I’ve taken from them, time with my family, to go into the gym and train. Freezing cold, raining, you name it, I’m in that gym. It’s a horrible existence. Fighting in the UFC is hard, and the people that suffer are your family. But you know what makes it wee bit better? We just got a win, and we just got a submission win. I’m over the moon, man.”
If he does get re-signed by the UFC, Craig would be willing to make a quick turnaround and fight in Liverpool this May 27.
“Liverpool’s just around the corner, [and] my face isn’t too bad. I wasn’t knocked out. I’ve no injuries. Why not?”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/18/2018.