I’m a UFC fighter, I’ve taken down tough guys but had one major hang-up about my appearance

UFC ruffian Paul Craig urges he’s ready to place in an additional hair-raising efficiency – after obtaining himself a brand-new barnet.

The Scots MIXED MARTIAL ARTS competitor will certainly participate in UFC283 in Brazil later on this month when he handles regional competitor Johnny Pedestrian.


Paul Craig is wishing to return to winning methods with his brand-new barnet.
Paul decided to go for a transplant op after noticing he had a bald patch while watching his bouts on TV.


Paul made a decision to choose a transplant op after observing he had a hairless spot while seeing his spells on television.
But after undergoing the transplant he maintains he's feeling more confident than ever.


However after undertaking the transplant he keeps he’s really feeling a lot more positive than ever before.

However the 6ft 4in bruiser from Craigneuk, Lanarkshire, absolutely made his mark in the sporting activity in 2021 after video of him disjointing challenger Jamahal Hillside’s joint went viral.

And also the Scot urges he’s ready to damage the mould once again many thanks to his brand-new hair transplantation.

He claims: “I had no concept I had thinning hair till I enjoyed back among my UFC battles.

“When the limelights struck the top of my head my hair resembled an egg in a nest with my hairless spot.

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“I didn’t truly wish to do the procedure due to the fact that it was mosting likely to eliminate training time from me being a professional athlete.

“However when Covid began I made a decision to take a look at it once again therefore I’ve wound up with a complete head of hair.  I’m not claiming it’s for everyone, yet if you are awkward regarding your appearance it aids.

“Specifically in a sporting activity where I am standing regarding fifty percent nude, with the exception of a set of shorts which’s it. So you’re open to the globe. It has actually enormously enhanced my self-confidence.”

Previous educator Paul has actually won 8 of his Ultimate Combating Champion matches with one split-draw and also 5 sheds.

However because the light heavyweight’s visuals success over Hillside at UFC 263 in Arizona – where the endure American declined to touch out despite his dreadful injury – he has actually because been authorized by super star Connor McGregor’s monitoring firm.

And also he thinks remaining in the very same secure as the Irish mixed martial arts tale will certainly assist take him to a brand-new degree.

The 35-year-old claims: “The firm is called Standard and also is just one of the most significant sporting activities promo business on the planet, with McGregor at the helm as their highest possible paid professional athlete.

“They came calling when I headed out to Arizona and also had a large win after damaging the man’s arm, which allowed in our globe of sporting activity

“However they desire there to be a great deal even more concentrate on me and also taking advantage of what I am, as a salable, valuable item.

“I am standing for Scotland which’s truly valuable in America as they enjoy this nation with all the origins and also the appeal of programs like Outlander.

“So they are truly pressing me the most effective agreement with the UFC and also land leading end enrollers.


“It was something that was never ever in my mind as I was constantly concentrated on combating. However as I’m aging I recognize I will certainly have left the sporting activity by the time I’m 40.

“So these following 5 years are mosting likely to be one of the most vital years for me in the sporting activity.”

However today the previous kickboxer, that showed professional researches at senior high schools throughout Lanarkshire and also Renfrewshire, needs to recover with a win this month after shedding to Swiss scrapper Volkan Oezdemir at London’s O2 Field last summertime.


As Well As in addition to his brand-new thatch, he likewise exposes exactly how golf aided him overcome that squashing loss.

He discusses: “After my last battle when I shed in London I obtained dispirited.

“I maintained thinking about the important things that would certainly have come my method if I’d won, like title possibilities.

“I had the kind of poor clinical depression that simply makes you wish to hinge on your bed and also sympathize with on your own.


“I remained in a truly poor area bingeing on meaningless daytime – I can’t inform you the amount of episodes of Houses Under the Hammer I enjoyed.

“I required to damage the cycle so I made myself a wee objective to use up golf once again and also attempt to boost my video game and also at the very same time take my mind off mixed martial arts for some time. It functioned.”

But Also For when Paul will certainly be the quickest guy in the octagon when he handles 6ft 6in Brazilian gigantic Johnny Pedestrian, 30, at the Jeunesse Field in Rio De Janeiro.


And also joking regarding his challenger sharing the name with the renowned whisky brand name, he claims: “Generally when a Scotsman handles Johnny Pedestrian they wind up shabby.

“However this moment I plan to leave Johnny taking care of a large hangover when I defeated him in Brazil.”

He includes: “My last battle didn’t go the method it ought to have, yet after I win this there’s a chance for a title shot as there’s been a couple of motions in the light heavyweight department.


“The only individual to defeat the Russian Magomed Ankalaev is myself and also currently he’s defending the globe title.

“As quickly as he wins that title I am mosting likely to stick my hand up due to the fact that he has one loss on his document which was me.”

However Paul, that still resides in his home town of Craigneuk with children Mia, 8 and also Milly 15 and also his companion Cheryl, urges he will certainly remain in leading form for his Brazilian round after steering clear of Xmas with all its trimmings for bootcamp.


He claims: “I’m vegan, so there was no turkey for me at Xmas – simply nut roast.

“I don’t truly wish to be called a vegan professional athlete due to the fact that if I shed they’ll claim it’s due to the fact that I require a little steak.

“However I was obtaining a great deal of swelling in my joints from influence damages which wound up truly aching. That has actually all gone currently because I altered diet regimens.

“The only point I miss out on is not having the ability to take the youngsters out like to the Xmas markets and also go sledging, that’s where it injures.

“However I need to cling myself and also the sporting activity. Picture 5 years down the line and also I’m discussing what I would certainly have done and also ought to’ve done.”

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He includes: “So I’m anticipating large points in 2023 and also I’m truly feeling excellent once again due to the fact that I am 35 yet I currently have the hairline of a 25-year-old.”

*UFC 283 occurs on January 21 and also is readily available to view on BT Sports.