Paul Craig Parties With Jamahal Hill After Breaking His Arm At UFC 263

Published 06/15/2021, 12:36 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua of Brazil and Paul Craig of Scotland exchange punches in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC light heavyweight fighters Jamahal hill and Paul Craig fought in a gruesome encounter in the main card of UFC 263. The duo had an intense build-up before the fight which culminated in a TKO win for Craig after a controversial call from the referee.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Paul Craig of Scotland poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Talking about the build-up, the fighters had a rough moment during the face-off event where they almost traded physical blows. Their intensity was the same even during the weigh-inns.

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It is often the case that the fighters bury their hatchets after the completion of their fights. The same thing has now happened with Hill and Craig. After the fight, both men showed mutual camaraderie and even embraced each other to shed off any rumored animosity.

The fighters added more proof to the camaraderie in the latest Twitter post from ‘Sweet Dreams’. The latter posted a picture of himself and Craig enjoying a party after their UFC 263 showdown.

Hill wrote, Me and  @PCraigmma are good so idc what anybody else is talking and not only did he get my drunk the whole night we straight turnt tf up!!! I’m blessed living my dream and meeting some of the most amazing ppl!!!”

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Jamahal Hill vs Paul Craig- how it happened

Submission specialist Craig had promised before the fight that he will show his jiu-jitsu skills in the match. A promise that was made in the face of the undefeated Hill.

After the initial hustle, Craig worked his way towards attacking Hill’s arm. He locked in the armbar submission and extended his elbow. That resulted in Hill’s arm getting snapped, but it passed the referee’s eye and the match continued.

Paul even asked the ref before using some punches to seal the deal. The astonishing thing was Hill’s arm flapped around in the air like a rubber arm.

Dana White not happy with the referee

After the match, everyone, including fans and pundits, criticized the referee for overlooking the snapped arm. The incident caught even president Dana White‘s attention, and the latter blasted the ref during his post-fight conference.

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“When an arm is flopping around like this and going both ways, you should probably stop the fight,” he said. “I don’t want to sh*t on Arizona, they’ve been so good to us. But that’s a rough one. I heard this guy’s a jiu-jitsu black belt.”

With this win, Craig ended Hill’s 8 fight win streak and improved his career record. He is now pushing his way towards a potential title matchup in the future.

What did you make of Craig and Hill partying together?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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