What’s next for Paddy Pimblett after UFC London victory?

Paddy Pimblett

On the main card of UFC London, we saw the second octagon appearance from arguably the biggest prospect from the UK. Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (18-3) was back as he took on Rodrigo Vargas (12-5).

All eyes were on Paddy Pimblett as the UFC is gearing up for a major push of Paddy Pimblett. He already has a sizable following and he’s the first UFC fighter to be sponsored by Barstool Sports.

The promotion has eased him into things by feeding him the first two opponents that he’s had. While Rodrigo Vargas isn’t a pushover, Pimblett had tougher competition during his days with Cage Warriors.

When the UFC London fight started, Pimblett dealt with some adversity. It appeared that an overzealous Pimblett was hurt with a shot from Vargas that caused the two men to go to the ground. Vargas had top position, but it didn’t last long.

Pimblett was able to get to his feet and he ultimately used a throw to take down Vargas. Once on the ground, Pimblett was able to advance and secure the back of Vargas. He locked up the rear naked choke for the win and the UFC London crowd went crazy.

What’s next after UFC London?

Now that he’s won his second fight in the UFC, it’s time for the promotion to amp up the competition. In my opinion, the sexiest fight that can be made is a grudge match with Ilia Topuria.

Topuria was also on the card and scored a second round knockout over Jai Herbert to kick off the main card. Earlier in the week, Pimblett and Topuria had a fight at the hotel and that was caught on tape by Topuria’s camp. 

After Topuria’s win, he called for a matchup with Pimblett. While that’s the fight I would love to see, the UFC won’t make it. These two have a ton of hype and potential, and I think the promotion would like to build them both up a little more before the match happens.

If that fight isn’t an option, I would like the UFC to give Pimblett someone with a name that could really test him. Perhaps a guy like Jim Miller. This would be a big step up and a true test to see how good Pimblett is. Miller looks better than ever and he wouldn’t be intimidated by the English contender.

UFC London Preview: Can Paddy Pimblett shine at home against Rodrigo Vargas?

Paddy Pimblett

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC London, one of the England’s most popular prospects gets his second fight inside the octagon. The popular Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (17-3) returns in front of his home fans to take on Rodrigo Vargas (12-4).

Staring with Vargas, this is a big opportunity to derail the UFC’s hyped English prospect. In this fight, Vargas will be looking for his second straight win. After losing his first two UFC fights (one by DQ), he bounced back nicely with a win over Zhu Rong last April.

Vargas is tough, but all eyes are going to be on Paddy Pimblett tomorrow night. After a really solid run in Cage Warriors, Pimblett finally made his UFC debut back in September when he took on Luigi Vendramini.

It wasn’t a flawless performance as Pimblett was touched up a little on the feet. However, he showed he’s game for a good fight. He chased down Vendramini for the TKO finish in the first round. Tomorrow night, he’s looking to put on a dominant performance in his second UFC appearance.

UFC London Prediction

While you didn’t see it in his UFC debut, Paddy Pimblett is very good on the ground. In fact, the ground game is where he’s the most comfortable. Sure, he’s got good pop in his hands, but he’s incredibly slick on the ground.

Rodrigo Vargas is also very good on the ground and is not going to make things easy on Pimblett. Vargas can also hold his own on the feet and he’s never been put out via strikes in his career. In his four losses, he’s only been stopped once by submission.

UFC London is going to be a good test for Paddy Pimblett. There’s an opponent in Rodrigo Vargas that can challenge him on all fronts, and I think that he’s going to pass. Expect the first round to be close, but the second round, we will see Pimblett take over.

A big shot will land from Pimblett that will mix in the grappling. Once grappling is involved, I expect Pimblett to find the neck and secure a choke for the win in front of his countrymen.

Prediction: Paddy Pimblett by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) – Round 2

UFC 2022 Prospect Preview: Paddy Pimblett

Paddy Pimblett

One of the prospects that we focused on in our 2022 UFC prospect watch was Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (17-3). The former two-vision Cage Warriors champion made his debut with the UFC in 2021.

Pimblett took on Luigi Vendramini in September. It wasn’t a flawless performance from Paddy The Baddy who was hit clean a few times. However, he maintained his composure and then showed off why he’s special.

Pimblett was able to hurt Vendramini bad and went after the finish like a dog on a bone. He went on to score the knockout. His post-fight interview was entertaining and it was so easy to see why so many are high on Paddy The Baddy.

Right now, the UFC is currently working on Pimblett’s next fight. At the moment, there appears to be a lot of momentum regarding him fighting in March when the UFC returns to his homeland of England.

Pimblett’s UFC 2022 Preview

The UFC is currently working on booking Pimblett against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC). The proposed matchup would take place in early March. Now, on paper, Cerrone doesn’t look like the best name for Pimblett to face.

Cowboy is currently riding a five-fight losing streak. That streak stretches six fights that included a No Contest. However, that No Contest was initially a draw in a fight that Cowboy was going to lose had Nike Price not been deducted a point.

These two fighters are heading in vastly different directions. One is at the very end of his UFC career when the other has barely started. That said, Cerrone still has a big name and would be a nice win for Pimblett to pick up.

If he goes out there and starches Cowboy, he needs to target guys near the back end of the UFC’s top fifteen. Some names to watch would be guys like Brad Riddell or Diego Ferreira. However, I wouldn’t rule out the UFC giving Pimblett one more tune-up before ranked opponents.

If I was managing Pimblett, I would try to keep him active this year. In my opinion, he should try to get at least three wins this year. If he can pick three wins this year, he would ride a ton of momentum into 2023.

Let’s be clear, Paddy The Baddy is one of the best prospects in the UFC. He’s also the kind of guy who can become a big star for the promotion. He will definitely be someone to pay attention to in 2022.

Top Male UFC prospects entering 2022

Paddy Pimblett

The UFC is gearing up for another massive year in 2022. There are already big time title fights on the books for next year and one already features a man who was considered a top prospect to start 2021.

That man is UFC interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane. Entering 2021, Gane was 7-0 and he had just defeated Junior Dos Santos. Given his lack of experience, many still considered him to be a prospect.

Well, he went 3-0 this year and captured the interim heavyweight title. He will be fighting for the undisputed title next month. The other top prospect entering 2021 was Khamzat Chimaev.

Now, Chimaev was kept out of action most of the year due to covid. However, he didn’t disappoint in his lone appearance. He fought Li Jingliang at UFC 267 and completely dismantled him.

That win shot Chimeav up into the UFC’s welterweight rankings. He’s likely going to get a top opponent next and he could very well fight for the welterweight title this year.

With that in mind, who are the top male prospects in the UFC entering 2022? While there’s a ton of options out there, I wanted to focus on two fighters from across the pond.

UFC Prospects to Watch

Paddy Pimblett

The first fighter that I want to focus on is Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (17-3). Paddy The Baddy made his highly anticipated UFC debut back in September when he took on Luigi Vendramini.

It wasn’t a flawless performance as Pimblett took a few good shots. However, he stormed back and knocked Vendramini out and showed the world why there are so many people high on him.

I’m expecting some big things from Pimblett this year. There’s already talks about the UFC booking him against Donald Cerrone. A win over Cowboy would be big in terms of building up the Pimblett name.

Ian Garry

The next fighter I’m focusing in on has a little Conor McGregor vibe to him. That would be Ireland’s Ian Garry (8-0). Garry is already saying he’s the takeover part two after his UFC debut.

Garry made his debut at UFC 268 when he took on Jordan Williams. In the arena where Conor McGregor became a two-division world champion, Garry knocked Williams out with a step back shot that McGregor would be proud of.

I definitely see the competition level increasing for Garry this year. However, I think the UFC will bring him along gradually. He’s a massive welterweight that will remind you of McGregor at featherweight.

Can Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett become the UFC’s next European star?

Paddy Pimblett

Last Saturday night at UFC Vegas 36, we saw the promotional debut of former Cage Warriors lightweight champion Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett (17-3). Pimblett was taking on the game Luigi Vendramini (9-2).

While all the hype was surrounding Pimblett, Vendramini was there to try and play spoiler. Early on in their fight at UFC Vegas 36, it was Vendramini who was getting the better of the exchanges.

Pimblett was fighting with his chin straight up in the air with his hands low. Vendramini did an excellent job of finding the chin of Pimblett throughout the first part of the first round. In fact, Vendramini even rocked Pimblett at one point in the first.

However, after he got hurt is when Pimblett turned the tables. Paddy The Baddy started really pressing forward with an exciting yet reckless style. He was then able to catch Vendramini with some big shots and he rocked him.

Pimblett started pouring it on throwing everything he had with full power. Eventually, the finishing blow found it’s target and Vendramini went down in a heap giving Pimblett his first UFC win and he did it in style.

What’s next for Pimblett after UFC debut?

In his post-fight interview at UFC Vegas 36 with Michael Bisping, you can see why people love Paddy Pimblett. He is cut from the same cloth as a Conor McGregor, Darren Till, and Michael Bisping.

Pimblett has an exciting style and when he talks, he has the personality that can make him a star in the UFC. Now, he can only become a true superstar if he performs on the highest level. Saturday was a good start, but it was far from perfect.

In thinking about what the UFC should do with him next, I think he needs to be challenged but needs to be given an opponent with an exciting style. Think of the way the UFC booked Conor McGregor against Max Holloway early in their careers.

I think a great fight for Pimblett would be Ignacio Bahamondes (12-4). Bahamondes just had a sensational knockout a few weeks ago and many in the UFC really like his style. These two would be fireworks and it would do nothing but push Pimblett to new heights if he could pick up the victory.