A light heavyweight bout between Volkan Oezdemir and Paul Craig opened the main card of UFC London, but things didn’t go quite how the UFC or fans likely expected.
Known for being uniquely dangerous off of his back, Craig quickly tried to get the fight to the canvas in the first round by jumping guard several times. The Scottish fighter seemed fairly committed to a leg lock attempt at one point, but Oezdemir was eventually able to escape with no issues.
Craig continued trying to get things to the mat throughout the fight, but “Bearjew” did have some success on the feet when he elected to trade with Oezdemir. Unfortunately for the 34-year-old, he spent a considerable amount of the second round in bottom position when “No Time” was able to easily stuff several takedown attempts.
Oezdemir seemed to only really settle into his striking in the third round and began to open up the gap in significant strikes between the two men. All three judges felt the Swiss fighter had done enough to win every round and awarded him 30-27 scorecards for a unanimous decision.
MMA Twitter Reacts To The Fight
Although it may not have been the most exciting fight, the MMA world reacted to Oezdemir’s ability to nullify Craig’s grappling and earn the win.
Oezdemir picked up his first win since 2019 with the victory, and he also snapped Craig’s 3-fight win streak in the process.