UFC 263 was a memorable night for number 12-ranked light heavyweight contender Paul Craig. Not only did he get the job done against Jamahal Hill, but he was also awarded a $50,000 performance bonus for his first-round submission win.
“Bearjew” had more reasons to celebrate after the fight as he was also awarded his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. His coach Brian Gallacher shared that particular moment on Instagram.
I didn’t want to do it in the cage and take any attention of his performance and win. It was the right time more a personal moment. More to the point well well over due @bigpaulcraig @cowabungard @michaelblair971 #ufc263 #mma #winning #blackbelt #bjj #bearjew #scottishhitsquad
Sitting right next to him when it happened was Jamahal Hill, who was also the first man to offer his congratulations. The two teams had apparently had their own post-fight celebrations together.
First thing he said in the cage to me was "I'm a good person, idk what was said but I have nothing but respect for you" an I realized I let trolls paint a picture and judge somebody off of that and it will ever happen again!!! I'm still going to talk my shit tho!!!— Jamahal Hill (@JamahalH) June 14, 2021
UFC 263 marked the first loss on Hill’s record as he drops to an 8-1 (1 NC) slate. Craig, on the other hand, is on a three-fight win streak as he improves to 15-4-1.