UFC London results: Volkan Oezdemir survives Paul Craig’s subs, wins lackluster selection
Volkan Oezdemir shut down Paul Craigs’ submission attack and made the Scot pay for every try en trail to a unanimous selection throughout the UFC London number one card opener.
Oezdemir, ranked No. 15 throughout the MMAA Fighjting Global Ratings, snapped a two-fight skid with scores of 30-27 for superior hurt completed on the toes and in half-guard, where he time and again came upon himself as Craig crashed into his legs.
Craig tried mightily to secure a leg throughout the early going of the fight. A blatant fence seize helped Oezdemir escape the worst of them, and a lack of force on subsequent takedowns helped the one-time establish challenger stay upright. Fairly than push Oezdemir to the ground, Craig used his footage to tie up and pull guard. The problem used to be as soon as, Oezdemir refused to play for any period of time on the ground, and when he did, he scored problems on top.
Stressed to stand it out, Craig struck sloppily with Oezdemir, once in a while landing a fancy spinning back-kick, previous than back-flopping for the awkward ref standup.
The loss snapped a 5-0-1 streak for Craig, who’d previously pulled off two triangle chokes throughout the octagon previous than a London crowd, along with a tap of Nikita Krylov throughout the promotion’s March commute to the town. After losses to Jiri Prochazka and Magomed Ankalaev, Oezdemir gets a much-needed win to resuscitate his profession.