UFC Sao Paulo: “Shogun” Rua & Paul Craig Are Willing to Run it Back, Following Split Draw
By FCF Staff
After the bout at UFC Sao Paulo was ruled a split draw, both “Shogun” Rua and Paul Craig are willing to run it back.
Craig punished Rua with numerous, heavy punches in round one, but the legend weathered the storm and battled back. In rounds two and three, Rua controlled much of the action while working from the top position. After 15 minutes of action, the fight was ruled a split draw.
While commenting on the fight’s decision afterward, and whether he is interested in a rematch, Rua said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“It was clear that he won the first round, and I won the other two,” Rua said. “I though it was totally unfair.”
“Absolutely,” Rua said through an interpreter. “I just have to see if the UFC wants that. Do they agree with that rematch? If they do, I’m ready for a rematch.”
Craig, meanwhile, had this to say about facing Rua again:
“Is there any opportunity to fight ‘Shogun’ Rua again? Only he’d be able to tell you that because I’d take that fight in a heartbeat. (But) with how his face was looking after that fight, I can’t see him accepting that fight.”
The fight’s decision left Craig holding a 12-4-1 record, while Rua’s record now stands at 26-11-1.