UFC London Preview: Paddy Pimblett – Jordan Leavitt

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Paddy Pimblett

Tomorrow on the main card of UFC London, one of the more popular prospects in the promotion will be making the walk for the third time. England’s Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (18-3) will be making his third appearance as he takes on Jordan Leavitt (10-1).

This is a massive opportunity on a huge stage for Jordan Leavitt. Leavitt will be making his fifth appearance in the UFC after earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series. Thus far, he’s gone 3-1 inside the octagon with a highlight reel knockout slam over Matt Winman in his UFC debut.

That being said, he’s never faced an obstacle or crowd like he’s facing tomorrow. Paddy Pimblett is quickly blossoming into one of the biggest stars in the promotion. He’s charismatic and he has tremendous skills inside the octagon.

The last time we saw Paddy The Baddy it was at the UFC’s first London card of the year back in March. After struggling out the gate, Pimblett showed off his tremendous ground skills and submitted Rodrigo Vargas in the first.

UFC London Prediction

Casual UFC fans who’ve watched a few highlights of Paddy The Baddy might just think he’s some wild standup fighter with some decent grounds skills. However, in reality, he’s a tremendous ground fighter who has some solid skills on the feet.

At UFC London, he’s going to lean more on that striking. Jordan Leavitt is going to be able to match his skills for the most part on the ground. “The Monkey King” knows what he’s doing on the mat and he surely won’t be afraid to go there with Pimblett.

With that, I’m expecting Pimblett to try and overwhelm him on the feet. I think Pimblett has a big advantage in the striking, however, he can’t get too reckless. We’ve seen Pimblett get caught and if he runs into something using his own momentum, it could get him in trouble.

However, I’m expecting a Paddy Pimblett win here. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if we see a decision, but I think the adrenaline gets going and puts Pimblett into a different gear in front of his home fans to get the TKO win.

Prediction: Paddy Pimblett by TKO – Round 2