EXCLUSIVE: Paul Craig Explains Why He Believes He Matches Up Well With Bo Nickal, Shares Prediction For Adesanya-Strickland

Craig called out Nickal after his UFC London victory.

Paul Craig
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Paul Craig is hoping to fight Bo Nickal next time out.

Craig made his middleweight debut at UFC London and he scored TKO win over Andre Muniz. After the win, Craig took the mic and called out Nickal as he thought it made sense.

Nickal was a dominant wrestler in NCAA and has transitioned into MMA well and is now a perfect 2-0 in the UFC. Although not many people were interested in fighting Nickal, Craig is as he believes it is the perfect fight for him.

“I know it’s one of these things, he’s obviously come with a high-level wrestling background. Everybody is telling him he will do amazing things in this sport, I believe any division I go in, I’m a bit of a boogeyman,” Craig said to MiddleEasy. “When people take me down, and Bo Nickal will potentially do, it sets me in a good place to be lying on my back, taking his shots, and looking for submissions. I think that plays into my game plan, I think over the next few months is when my striking will improve, and I’ll be a devastating addition to the middleweight division. But, Bo Nickal is a very interesting fight.”

Craig shares prediction for Adesanya-Strickland

Although Paul Craig believes he matches up well with Bo Nickal, he isn’t sure he will get that fight next time out. 

Instead, Craig also has some interest in eventually fighting Sean Strickland. However, he knows Strickland will be next in line for the middleweight title and Craig doesn’t think that fight goes well for him at all.

“I would like myself and Strickland. I like his style, I like the way he fights, I like when he stands in front and throws heavy leather, I love that and would love to fight him,” Craig said. “But, yeah he is probably next in line for the title shot. I think it is more of a fan-favorite fight, regardless of what happens. Israel Adesanya is the greatest middleweight there has ever been, with his striking ability, the way he moves… I think it’s not going to be a great fight for Sean Strickland, Adesanya moves too well.”

Paul Craig is currently 17-6-1 as a pro and is now ranked 13th at middleweight.

Published on August 3, 2023 at 10:54 am
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