BREAKING: Paddy Pimblett to Return to Octagon Action at UFC London Against Another Lightweight as Jared Gordon Camp Refutes Fight

Published 01/21/2022, 1:07 AM EST

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Paddy Pimblett is one of the biggest draws of the UFC in the European market. The Liverpudlian is a local superstar and is looked at as one of the biggest names in MMA in the United Kingdom.

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‘The Baddy’ began his UFC innings against Luigi Vendramini, whom he finished with a first-round knockout. Ever since his impressive UFC debut, fans have been speculating about his return and want to see him in action as quickly as possible. Now, the wait seems to have ended.

On Friday, BJPenn.Com confirmed that Pimblett will go up against Mexican lightweight Rodrigo ‘Kazula’ Vargas at the UFC’s London event. This came as a surprise, as he was supposedly fighting Jared Gordon next.

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‘Kazula’ is a 36-year-old striker with a high finishing rate of 83%. The Combate Americas’ veteran stepped into the UFC back in 2019, but only tasted success in his third fight that came in 2021.

Vargas is coming off a decision victory against Zhu Rong at UFC 261. He suffered a loss against Alex da Silva Coelho in his UFC debut and was disqualified against Brok Weaver owing to an illegal knee.

Paddy Pimblett dismisses speculations on Jared Gordon

The Baddy‘ himself took to Twitter to inform fans he will fight on March 19. On January 21st Pimblett tweeted, “Contract signed and it’s not who yous all think it is…. See yous for paddy’s night march 19th.” 

Later, he confirmed to a fan that it is indeed not Gordon that he will face at the O2 arena in London. Pimblett wrote, “It’s not Jared Gordon tho.”

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With ‘The Baddy’ himself confirming his next bout, the talks of his scrap with Gordon have ended. However, these talks may have emerged after UFC President Dana White said Jared Gordon would probably be next. This led to Gordon and Pimblett’s camps to refute this statement.

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What do you make of this booking? Are you excited about Pimblett’s return? Let us know in the comments below.

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