UFC star can’t fight at lower weight as he ‘carries too much between his legs’

UFC 283 star Paul Craig sacked off fighting at a lower weight by making a joke about what dangles between his legs.

Scottish star Craig, 35, will be back in action in Rio de Janeiro this weekend when he takes on Johnny Walker in the Light Heavyweight Division. A seven-time Performance of the Night winner, Craig has fought all of his MMA fights at light heavyweight.

However, ahead of his battle against Volkan Oezdemir in London in July, the proud Scotsman was asked about his future in the sport and whether he would ever consider dropping down a weight division.

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Although Craig hinted it was a possibility going forward, he gave one brilliant reason why it was unlikely to happen. "Yeah, we could probably move down weights and all this kinds of stuff, but I just think light heavyweight is where I'm at," he said.

"I believe that's where I should be. We did do DEXA scans and all that kinda stuff to see if we could actually make the lower weight class, and it's impossible. I carry too much weight between my legs."

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Craig will be hoping whatever is between his legs doesn't affect him this weekend as he bids to bounce back from defeat to Swiss star Oezdemir against Walker in Brazil.

Despite facing a difficult bout on Saturday evening, the Airdrie-born star is already looking forward to a potential match up against Anthony Smith at UFC 286 in London.

"Anthony Smith is already in a camp," Craig said. "So potentially could be Anthony Smith in London. That would be a pretty good fight in London."

"He’s obviously come out and said that he wanted to fight me after one of his press conferences. I think it’s a tough and fun fight. Two high-level Jiu-Jitsu guys kind of staying with each other, that just turns into this rock em’ sock em’ robot fighting.

"I think that is how it’s going to go and I’m also looking for a challenge, I’d like to have that title of being the jiu-jitsu guy at light-heavyweight."

But before that, Craig must get past Walker first.


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