Nov 21 2020
Saturday

UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States

UFC 255
3 rounds contest @ Light Heavyweight
Maur cio Rua
Rua
Brazil flag
13-4-0
KO 2
KO 2
27-11-0

The tape

33
Age
39
6' 3" / 191 cm
Height
6' 1" / 185 cm
76" / 193 cm
Reach
76" / 193 cm

Tape record

Form
13
Wins
27
1
By KO
21
8
KO%
78
12
By SUB
1
92
SUB%
4
4
Loses
11
3
Stopped
5
1
Tapped
3
1
Draws
1
2013
Debut
2002
18
Bouts
39
28
Rounds
79
1 hours, 47 minutes
Fight Time
5 hours, 49 minutes

Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight

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Tapology
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Paul Craig vs Maur cio Rua report

Who won Craig vs Rua?

Paul Craig beat Maur cio Rua by , during the main card of UFC 255, on Saturday 21st November 2020 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Paul Craig.

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 Rua stats

Paul Craig stepped into the ring with a record of 13 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 12 by submission.

Maur cio Rua made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 11 loses and 1 draw, with 21 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.

The stats suggested Rua had a massive power advantage over Craig, boosting at 78% knock out percentage over Craig's 8%.

Paul Craig was the younger man by 6 years, at 33 years old.

Craig had a height advantage of 2 inches over Rua. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.

Craig was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 21 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 10 year and 9 months later than Rua, whose first professional fight was in 2002. He had fought 51 less professional rounds, 30 to Rua's 81.

Craig vs Rua form

Paul Craig had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Previous to that, 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.

Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Alonzo Menifield at UFC on ESPN 3 on 29th June 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Target Center, Minneapolis, United States.

Before that, he had beat Kennedy Nzechukwu at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.

He had lost to Jimmy Crute at UFC Fight Night 142 on 1st December 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Adelaide Entertainment Center, Adelaide, South Australia.

Rua had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.

In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Ant nio Rog rio Nogueira at UFC Fight Island 3 on 25th July 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Previous to that, he had drawn with Paul Craig at UFC on ESPN+ 22 on 16th November 2019 by split draw in their 3 round contest at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Going into that contest, he had won against Tyson Pedro at UFC Fight Night 142 on 1st December 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Adelaide Entertainment Center, Adelaide, South Australia.

Before that, he had been beaten by Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 134 on 22nd July 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg, Germany.

He had beat Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 106 on 11th March 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Olympic Training Center, Fortaleza, Brazil.

Activity check

In terms of activity leading into the fight, Paul Craig had been fighting more than Maur cio Rua.

Going to this contest, Paul Craig had last fought 1 year, 2 months and 21 days ago, while Maur cio Rua's last outing had been 1 year, 2 months and 21 days ago.

Craig's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.

Rua's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 7 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.

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