‘The Baddy’, Paddy Pimblett is set to return to action for his third UFC fight when he faces Jordan Leavitt at UFC London on July 23rd. This will be the second time that the UFC return to London this year and last time out, Pimblett put on a show. Notching a first-round rear-naked choke, Pimblett blew up the O2 with his signature walkout as well as his post-fight celebration. Fresh off a knockout of the year contender, Pimblett’s teammate, Molly McCann joined him in the octagon to celebrate, leading to absolute carnage in the arena.
Paddy Pimblett brought the party last time out 🔥 pic.twitter.com/NaDrIbt79e
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 27, 2022
Pimblett Set for Third UFC bout at Lightweight
Having debuted at UFC Vegas 36, Pimblett knocked out Luigi Vendramini in performance of the night winning fashion. Pimblett, however, was landed on with regularity in his debut, which didn’t put fighters off signing up to a fight with the Liverpudlian star. Likewise, in his second bout at UFC London in March, Pimblett didn’t look like a world-beater, however, was able to rally and secure the win. Taking on Rodrigo Vargas, Pimblett, again won a performance bonus.
His previous two opponents have been criticised, however, as both Vendramini and Vargas were 1-2 in their last three bouts. His opponent in July Jordan Leavitt, is 3-1 in his UFC career, enjoying a two-fight winning run. His last run out was in April when he narrowly outpointed Trey Ogden to a split decision. With six submissions and a knockout (via slam!) on his record, Leavitt certainly won’t be outmatched on the ground, where Pimblett often dominates opponents. If Leavitt can keep his cool and not let the moment get to him, he has a big opportunity to steal Pimblett’s hype.
Elsewhere on UFC London, Tom Aspinall returns to a headlining slot when he takes on a tough test in Curtis Blaydes. Darren Till looks to bounce back from two consecutive losses when he takes on Jack Hermansson. Paul Craig, Muhammad Mokaev, Molly McCann and Marc Diakese are all Brits who will also feature on the card, as will former three-time title challenger, Alexander Gustaffson.
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