Paddy Pimblett signed a deal with the UFC last March after winning the CWFC featherweight title.
The Liverpool-based fighter is one of the brightest MMA stars to come out of the UK in years.
New reports claim Paddy Pimblett’s UFC debut is taking place on September 4 against Luigi Vendramini.
26-year-old Paddy Pimblett is one of the biggest MMA stars to come out of the United Kingdom in years. The Liverpool native signed with the UFC in early 2020, yet he hasn’t actually stepped foot inside the Octagon. According to new reports, Paddy Pimblett’s UFC debut will be taking place on September 4 against Luigi Vendramini.
A huge number of UK MMA fans are excited to see “The Baddy” make his UFC debut. He is facing a dangerous fighter in his first bout with the promotion. Now is the perfect time to talk about the details of his upcoming clash in the Octagon.
Let’s get into it!
UK Fighters Continue to Find Success in the UFC
The United Kingdom has always produced world-class combat sports athletes. It’s here that legendary boxers such as Chris Eubank, Joe Calzaghe, and Naseem Hamed have come from. In more recent years, the UK has also produced a number of incredible mixed martial artists.
Michael Bisping is likely the most recognizable fighter to ever come out of this nation. He was one of the top contenders in the middleweight division for many years. Finally, in June of 2016, he scored a knockout win over Luke Rockhold to win the 185-pound championship.
Darren Till is another highly-respected UFC middleweight. He’s been out of action since 2020 due to injuries but seems determined to make a return in the near future. It now seems he will be taking on Derek Brunson in his next fight at middleweight.
There are a huge number of young up-and-coming UK fighters in the UFC, too. That includes names like Leon Edwards, Arnold Allen, and Nathaniel Wood. Each of these men has been finding a considerable amount of success in the promotion; particularly Leon Edwards, who appears to be on the brink of a welterweight title shot.
More exciting fighters from the UFC are likely to make their debut over the next few years. That includes Paddy Pimblett, who signed with promotion this past March. He carries a tremendous amount of hype and many have been eager to see how he fares in the UFC.
Very few details on Paddy’s move into the UFC have come out in recent months. Fortunately, it now appears we know when and where he will be making his debut!
Here’s What We Know About Paddy Pimblett’s UFC Debut
For hardcore MMA fans out of the United Kingdom, Paddy Pimblett likely needs no introduction. He has generated a huge fan base in his home country due to his wild style and colorful personality. Paddy has been competing primarily in Cage Warriors in recent years and managed to secure that promotion’s featherweight title.
Pimblett finally signed with the UFC in March. He has stayed out of the headlines since that time, however, and many wondered if he’d simply chosen to hang up the gloves. That no longer appears to be the case.
New reports have surfaced claiming we will see Paddy Pimblett’s UFC debut taking place on September 4. He is set to take on Luigi Vendramini in his first UFC bout, who has gone 1-2 in the UFC since taking his first fight in the promotion back in 2018. It’s an excellent test for Paddy’s first bout and a win would establish him as a legitimate talent.
Not long ago, Pimblett spoke to the media about his future plans. During the interview, he claimed that he purposely waited to make his UFC debut and feels more confident than ever in his skills. You can check out his comments below.
“I knew… I know where I’m destined to be. And I know where the end goal is. And I know what I’m going to do in this sport. I’m going to achieve things other people haven’t, and only a certain few names have. And I believe that, and I always have. So, even when I was 21 and they (UFC) offered me, and Cage Warriors offered me a new contract and stuff l like that; I didn’t really bat an eyelid. Because, I knew that no matter what, the UFC, in the years to come, were going to offer me a contract, as I’ve proved myself right. I have. When I was 21, I’m so glad I never took the (UFC) offer, and again when I was 23, 24 – Because I wasn’t ready. Being as good as I thought I was then, if 26-year-old me now, Paddy ‘The Baddy’, saw 21-year-old Paddy ‘The Baddy’, he doesn’t get out the first round. It’s that simple.”
It seems likely that Paddy Pimblett’s UFC debut will draw in a huge amount of fan interest. That is particularly true in the United Kingdom. Stay tuned for more updates on his first bout with the promotion over the next few months!
Is Leon Edwards Next for the UFC’s Welterweight Belt?
The UFC’s welterweight division is widely considered to be one of the most competitive in all of MMA. Kamaru Usman rules the division and seems nearly unbeatable inside the cage. Many are now asking, “who is next for the 170-pound champion?”
Some believe that Leon Edwards deserves that spot. He hasn’t lost a fight since 2015 and that loss came against the aforementioned champion, Kamaru Usman. Most recently, Edwards scored a rather dominant decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC 263.
Interestingly, the UFC seems focused on booking the rematch between Colby Covington and Usman next. These two men first competed back in December of 2019. They went to war for five rounds before Usman scored a TKO finish with just seconds remaining in the bout.
An official date for Usman vs. Covington 2 has not been established. It seems likely that it will end up taking place this Fall. Of course, that leaves Leon Edwards on the sidelines once again and without an opponent.
Edwards taking on the winner of the upcoming UFC 264 fight between Stephen Thompson and Gilbert Burns makes sense. This fight is serving as the co-main event of this massive event. It’s almost a guarantee that the winner of Edwards vs. either Thompson or Burns would be next in line for the belt.
Are you excited to see Paddy Pimblett’s UFC debut? How do you think he will fare in the promotion? Let us know in the comments section below.