Paul Craig kicked off UFC 263 with a gruesome win on Saturday night.
Craig beat Jamahal Hill in their light heavyweight bout at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, via a first round TKO, and completely dislocated Hill’s left arm in the process.
Jamahal Hill’s arm dislocated in UFC 263 loss
Craig got Hill on the ground early and went to flip him around. As he did that, Craig got a hold of Hill’s arm between his legs.
As he flipped Hill around, Craig completely snapped the lower half of Hill’s arm out of the socket, making for a wild scene. At one point, HIll’s arm was just dangling and flopping around in the hold before the referee stopped the fight.
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Craig actually said he could feel Hill’s arm pop as it went, too. After he made the move, Craig then looked up at the referee, Al Guinee, and seemingly questioned why they were still fighting, given how clearly injured Hill was.
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The fight was then called shortly after, which marked Hill’s first career loss and Craig's fourth straight victory. Craig was a +225 underdog to win the bout on BetMGM. Guinee, per MMA Fighting, is not working any other fight on Saturday night.
Hill seemed to be handling it well, but his arm did not look great as he walked off the arena floor. UFC president Dana White told the broadcast team later in the night that Hill's arm did not break, but was just severely dislocated.
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Naturally, the method of victory sent plenty of fans rushing to Twitter. Many felt the fight was allowed to go on for too long after seeing Hill’s arm flapping around.
Oh my God. Craig tears Hill’s arm apart. Not sure what the hell the ref was looking at. Needed to be stopped WAY before that
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) June 13, 2021
Paul Craig!!! Jiu-jitsu works!!!
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 13, 2021
That’s one of the most absurd things I’ve ever seen in a UFC fight. How in the world did the ref not notice Hill’s arm just flapping around?!
Massive respect for Hill for continuing to fight but geez laouise.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 13, 2021
Oh my God! Hill’s arm is absolutely broken and just flopping around as Craig pounds on Hill for the first round finish. #UFC263
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) June 13, 2021
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