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UFC 255: Rua vs Craig 11/21/2020 Previews, Spread and Fight Analysis

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UFC 255 Rua vs Craig 11-21-2020 Previews Spread and Fight Analysis

UFC 255: Rua vs Craig 11/21/2020 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship is set for another fight card happening on Saturday, November 21 and it will be at the UFC Apex located in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event will still be held inside closed doors but fans can see the matches through Pay Per View and UFC Fight Pass. It will be two title fights headlining this evening with Deiveson Figueiredo and Valentina Shevchenko defending their titles. The main card will also feature two veteran fighters going at it in the lightweight division with Mauricio Rua taking on Paul Craig. This promises to be a hard-hitting matchup and it is seen by UFC Online that Mauricio Rua is the underdog to Paul Craig.

UFC 255: Rua vs Craig 11/21/2020

When: Saturday, November 21, 10:00 PM ET
Where: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC 255: Rua vs Craig 11/21/2020 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Mauricio Rua +150 Paul Craig -180

Main Card

Mauricio Rua

Mauricio Rua or better known inside the cage as “Shogun” is a 38-year-old fighting veteran that came all the way from Curitiba, Brazil. He stands at six-foot-one and has been representing Universidade da Luta in all of his fights. Rua is a natural light heavyweight and he possesses a professional fighting record of 27-11. 21 of his fights are won by way of knockout while he also has five decisions and a submission win in his colorful career. He has won five of his last seven fights and in his most recent match in UFC on ESPN 14, he took on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. That fight was indeed close as the judges ruled a split decision favoring Rua.

Paul Craig

Paul Craig carries an interesting ring name of “Bearjew” and this fighter’s hometown is located in Coatbridge, Scotland. He stands at six-foot-four and gets his training at the Scottish Hit Squad fight team. Craig has been fighting at the light heavyweight division for his entire career and has a professional MMA record of 13-4 leading to this next fight. 12 of his 13 wins came from submissions. His last fight against Shogun Rua was a draw and he earned a rematch with him after defeating Gadzhimurad Antigulov in UFC on ESPN 14 just this July 2020 via triangle choke in the first round.

Rua vs Craig Betting Numbers

Record 27-11-1 13-4-1
Last Fight Win Win
Country Brazil Scotland
Height 6’1″ 6’3″
Weight 205 lbs 205 lbs
Reach 76″ 76″
Win by KO/TKO 78% 8%
Win by Submission 4% 92%
Decisions 19% 0%
Strikes landed per minute 3.63 2.30
Striking accuracy 50% 48%
Striking absorbed per minute 2.70 2.56
Striking defense 54% 48%
Takedown average 2.17 1.61
Takedown accuracy 48% 21%
Takedown defense 47% 55%
Submission average 0.00 1.60

Rua vs Craig Betting Picks

This is going to be an interesting battle as their last matchup resulted in a split draw. With youth on his side, Paul Craig is seen by Best Sportsbook as the safer bet instead of picking Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.