MMA Preview – Mauricio Shogun Rua vs Paul Craig 2 at UFC 255

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MAURICIO SHOGUN RUA VS PAUL CRAIG FACTS

When is UFC 255? Sunday 22nd November, 2020 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 255? UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC 255? No tickets are available as this event will take place without spectators

What channel is UFC 255 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 255? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

MAURICIO SHOGUN RUA VS PAUL CRAIG LOWDOWN

The legend that is Shogun Rua (27-11-1) is still battling it out in the UFC and although he has only fought seven times in the last five years, he has only lost once. That was a brutal knockout courtesy of Anthony Smith in 2018. He replied with a vintage Shogun knockout over Tyson Pedro which led to his first fight with Paul Craig. It was a great tussle that ended in a draw and he returned in July for his third fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and went 3-0 with a split decision.

He now gets to settle the score with Craig (13-4-1) who also racked up a win since their first fight. He made quick work of Gadzhimurad Antigulov racking up the 12th submission of his career to go 5-4-1 in the UFC.

MAURICIO SHOGUN RUA VS PAUL CRAIG PREDICTION

The first fight was an attritional battle but there was some questionable judging. Perhaps the judges were surprised that they were needed as the fight was expected to end in a finish. Shogun is the knockout artist and Craig is the submission wizard, but they were evenly matched on the feet, in the clinch and on the floor.

Shogun nullified Craig’ biggest threat but what was surprising was the Scotsman’s confidence on the feet. He went toe-to-toe with the brawler and finished very strong, but that said, he is still better off looking for the finish on the ground.

A submission for Craig and a knockout for Shogun are still likely outcomes here but it could also be another slow-paced decision. Craig is the favourite, but we are backing Shogun to edge a decision.

Prediction: Shogun via Decision

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