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Paul Creighton (born July 4, 1970) is a retired American mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie who competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His last fight in mixed martial arts competition, came at a losing effort at UFC 37: High Impact at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, Louisiana on May 10, 2002 against B.J. Penn.

Paul Creighton
Born (1970-07-04) July 4, 1970 (age 48)
Manhattan, New York, United States
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)
TeamRenzo Gracie Combat Team
Rank     black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
     black belt in Judo
     black belt in Japanese Jujitsu
     black belt in Goshin Jutsu Karate
Years active1999–2002
Mixed martial arts record
By submission2
By decision1
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog




Paul Creighton has studied Martial Arts since the age of five. A Sport Jujitsu Middleweight World Champion in 2000, Creighton was the United States Sport Jujitsu team captain in 1998 and 2000, and a member of the three-time World Champion USA Sport Jujitsu team. As a competitive wrestler in high school and college, Creighton compiled a 134-16-1 (win-loss-tie) record and was a Junior Olympic Gold Medalist. Paul has competed extensively in many competitions including mixed martial arts in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he fought BJ Penn.

Creighton received his bachelor's degree in Health/Science from SUNY Brockport in New York and his master's degree in Health and Physical Education from Radford University in Radford, Virginia.

Creighton's training covers various styles of Martial Arts. Paul was awarded his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Renzo Gracie in 2005. He has also earned Black Belts in Judo, Japanese Jujitsu, and Goshin Jutsu Karate. While Paul was in New York City he trained in boxing under one of New York’s best boxing trainers, Thomas Malloy. Since the mid-1990s, Creighton has studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the guidance of Renzo Gracie.

Creighton now teaches various martial arts at his own academy, Creighton Mixed Martial Arts, in Suwanee, Georgia.[1]

Mixed martial artsEdit

Creighton made his mixed martial arts debut in 1999, defeating Rob Drouin by decision.[2]

Following, his victory, Creighton fought and defeated MMA veteran Thomas Denny; finishing him via armbar in the first round.[2]

Creighton then faced Anthony Britton, winning the bout by submission via kimura in the first round.[2]

After compiling three straight victories, Creighton signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his first bout for the promotion, Creighton faced future UFC Lightweight Champion, UFC Welterweight Champion, and UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn. After an unsuccessful first round, he was finished in the second round by Penn via strikes which resulted in his first MMA loss. Following the defeat, Creighton retired from MMA competition.[2]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Submission grapplingEdit

  • World Sport Jujitsu Association
    • Sport Jujitsu Middleweight World Champion
    • World Champion USA Sport Jujitsu Team (Three times)
    • 2000 United States Sport Jujitsu Team Captain
    • 1998 United States Sport Jujitsu Team Captain
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Amateur wrestlingEdit

  • Junior Olympic Gold Medalist

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 3-1 B.J. Penn TKO (strikes) UFC 37 May 10, 2002 2 3:23 Louisiana, United States UFC debut.
Win 3-0 Anthony Britton Submission (kimura) International Fighting Federation - Rumble Down South March 10, 2000 1 10:24
Win 2-0 Thomas Denny Submission (armbar) HFP - Holiday Fight Party December 11, 1999 1 1:10
Win 1-0 Rob Drouin Decision CSO - Calhoun Submission Open May 15, 1999 1 30:00 Georgia, United States


  1. ^ "Creighton Mixed Martial Arts".
  2. ^ a b c d "Paul Creighton".

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