|PC (-175) @ pinnacle|
I'm backing PAUL CRAIG on Saturday. Without a doubt, Rua is a legend. From Chuck Liddell to Jon Jones, this guy's fought everyone. He's even fought tonight's opponent, Paul Craig. That one ended in a draw. Since, then Rua took some more punishment in a split decision victory, while also getting older. (He'll turn 39 on Nov. 25th.) He's further from his prime than he was the first time these guys fought. After Craig beats him in this one, we're likely to hear talk of retirement. Craig, on the other hand, still has dreams of a title and is still getting better. He stepped in and took the first fight on short notice, in Rua's own backyard (Brazil) and still nearly won. After the first fight, which he took on two week's notice, Craig commented: "We were very unfortunate when we started this camp, we literally signed the contract at the start of the week and by Friday we had a serious cut above our eye. Five stitches later, we couldn't do any sparring, couldn't do any wrestling. Everything we did during that fight camp was around skill-based exercises." Things are different this time. No longer in Brazli, Craig has had plenty of time to prepare. Craig has submitted his opponent in 12 of 13 victories but I feel he's also capable of knocking "Shogun" out. Rua's legacy will remain secure but the younger Craig settles the score in this one.