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.
July 4, 1970|
Manhattan, New York, United States
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Team||Renzo Gracie Combat Team|
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in |
black belt in Judo
black belt in Japanese Jujitsu
black belt in Goshin Jutsu Karate
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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'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.
Mixed martial artsEdit
Creighton made his mixed martial arts debut in 1999, defeating Rob Drouin by decision.
Creighton then faced Anthony Britton, winning the bout by submission via kimura in the first round.
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.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- 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
- Black Belt awarded by Renzo Gracie
- Junior Olympic Gold Medalist
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 matches||3 wins||1 loss|
|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|