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Who won Craig vs Oezdemir?
Volkan Oezdemir beat Paul Craig by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC Fight Night London, on Saturday 23rd July 2022 at The O2 in London.
The scorecards were announced as 27-30, 27-30, 27-30 in favor of winner Volkan Oezdemir.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Craig vs Oezdemir stats
Paul Craig stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 13 by submission.
Volkan Oezdemir made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Oezdemir had a massive power advantage over Craig, boosting at 71% knock out percentage over Craig's 19%.
Paul Craig was the older man by 1 year, at 34 years old.
Craig had a height advantage of 1 inch over Oezdemir. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Craig was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 2 year and 11 months later than Oezdemir, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 9 less professional rounds, 35 to Oezdemir's 44.
Craig vs Oezdemir form
Craig had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Nikita Krylov at UFC Fight Night London on 19th March 2022 by in the 1st round at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Jamahal Hill at UFC 263 on 12th June 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Gila River Arena, Glendale, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Maur cio Rua at UFC 255 on 21st November 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had drawn with Maur cio Rua at UFC on ESPN+ 22 on 16th November 2019 by split draw in their 3 round contest at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Oezdemir had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest.
Previous to that, he had beat Aleksandar Rakic at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on 21st December 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Sajik Arena, Busan, South Korea.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Ilir Latifi at UFC on ESPN+ 14 on 10th August 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Antel Arena, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Before that, he had been beaten by Dominick Reyes at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on 16th March 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
He had lost to Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 138 on 27th October 2018 by submission in the 3rd round at Moncton Events Centre, Moncton, Canada.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Paul Craig had been fighting more than Volkan Oezdemir.
Going to this contest, Paul Craig had last fought 6 months and 9 days ago, while Volkan Oezdemir's last outing had been 10 months and 29 days ago.
Craig's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.6 rounds on average.
Oezdemir's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 1 day, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.