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.

Is Tom Aspinall the next great UFC heavyweight?

Last weekend at UFC Vegas 36, Tom Aspinall (11-2) took on Sergey Spivak (13-3) in the co-main event of the evening. Aspinall has been perfect since joining the UFC last year having started 3-0.

Back in February, he got a huge fight with former champion Andrei Arlovski. Aspinall passed that test with flying colors submitting Arlovski in the second round of their fight. Spivak was set to be another challenge for Aspinall.

Spivak was another top fifteen UFC heavyweight. It was the first time that Aspinall was taking on another ranked heavyweight and once again, the British heavyweight passed the test with flying colors.

While Spivak was set to challenge Aspinall, Aspinall ran right through him. Halfway through the opening round, Aspinall dropped Spivak and followed up with some brutal shots. Ultimately the referee called a stop to the action and Aspinall picked up his fourth straight UFC victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 36?

Tom Aspinall looks like he’s the full package. He has tremendous skills on the ground and his boxing is incredibly crisp. One of the things that makes him so dangerous on his feet is his work with boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

After UFC Vegas 36, many were wondering if Aspinall would be vaulted towards the top of the division. However, Aspinall wants to take things slow and admitted that he believes he’s not quite ready for the top guys at heavyweight.

After his win at UFC Vegas 36, Aspinall told the media, “I need a lot more experience before I fight those guys. I’m not ready for those guys yet. This doesn’t mean I’m not confident. This means I’m very confident in my ability, but I’m also confident that I need to be ready to beat these guys.”

Aspinall also pointed out the fact that he’s only 28 years old. The UFC has a star in the making with Aspinall and I think they should follow his ideal plan. A slow build would be the best thing for his career.

Aspinall actually mentioned a perfect opponent for him next. That opponent would be Blagoy Ivanov (18-4). Ivanov is a fellow top fifteen heavyweight who’s just known for being an insanely tough fight. This would be a great fight to test Aspinall.

After dominant win at UFC Vegas 36, what’s next for Derek Brunson?

Derek Brunson

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 36, we saw a middleweight showdown between Derek Brunson (23-7) and Darren Till (18-4-1). Brunson was looking to pick up his fifth consecutive win.

Derek Brunson is the one guy in the UFC I probably underrate more than most. To be completely honest, I’ve picked against him in virtually every fight he’s had in the last few years. When you look at him overall and his skillset, there’s nothing that really wows you.

That said, nobody can deny the improvements he’s made overall since moving to Sanford MMA in Florida. Brunson has gone from a decent middleweight to one of the top contenders in the UFC and he was looking to show that again on Saturday.

In the fight, Till had some good moments on the feet. In fact, Till hurt Brunson in the third round. Brunson doesn’t have the greatest chin and it does seem like he gets hurt in virtually every fight he’s in. However, Brunson does a fantastic job at remaining composed.

Brunson dug deep and was able to secure a takedown after getting rocked by Till. Once the fight was on the ground, it was over from there. Brunson was able to secure a choke and get the submission win at UFC Vegas 36.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 36?

Immediately after picking up the win, Brunson went right over to one of the octagon cameras and made it clear who he wants next. Brunson called out the UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya (21-1).

Worth noting that Adesanya was the last man to beat Brunson. The two men fought in November of 2018 at UFC 230 and the fight was not close. Adesanya completely walked through Brunson and TKO’d him in the first round.

That said, Brunson has looked sensational since. He’s now won five fights in a row and he’s ranked fourth in the middleweight division. Brunson said he would be willing to wait things out for a UFC title shot, but is that wise.

Adesanya’s next challenge is a rematch with Robert Whittaker (23-5). Whittaker is also a past opponent of Brunson’s and like Adesanya, Whittaker knocked Brunson out in the first round. Brunson wants to get both of those fights back.

The next UFC middleweight title fight is likely not going to take place until early 2022. That said, Brunson would have to wait until the late spring or early summer. I don’t think it’s a wise decision and if he’s too passive, he might get passed up.

If you’re asking me, I would tell him to either fight Jared Cannonier (14-5) or the winner of Paulo Costa (13-1) and Marvin Vettori (17-4-1). Brunson shouldn’t have to fight again, but the reality of the situation is that he might have to.

The UFC is going to try and make the biggest title fight possible after Whittaker and Adesanya fight again. If Brunson just sits and waits, he might not get the nod.

After another loss at UFC Vegas 36, what’s next for Darren Till?

This past Saturday in the headliner of UFC Vegas 36, we saw a pivotal matchup in the middleweight division. Top ten contenders and title hopefuls battled it out as Derek Brunson (23-7) took on Darren Till (18-4-1).

Till was making just his third appearance in the UFC‘s middleweight division. The Gorilla started his career in MMA and with the UFC perfect. Till was a perfect 16-0-1 when he got his first title shot back in 2018.

Many would say he was rushed, but Till was ready to challenge for UFC gold. Ultimately, Till was overwhelmed by Tyron Woodley. After that loss, he was knocked out by Jorge Masvidal which caused him to move up in weight.

Till made his debut at middleweight with a win over Kelvin Gastelum. Last year, he lost a close decision to former UFC champion Robert Whittaker to drop him to 1-1 in the class. Saturday was his chance to prove he’s one of the best at 185.

However, the story of UFC Vegas 36 was about Derek Brunson and not about Darren Till. Till only had a few moments in the fight and was ultimately submitted in the third round by the relentless Brunson.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 36?

Darren Till is in a very interesting place after UFC Vegas 36. While he was competitive with Robert Whittaker, he wasn’t very competitive with Derek Brunson who just out-muscled Till for the majority of the fight.

After the loss, Till dropped to eighth in the middleweight division. The loss leaves questions about where Till goes from here. Till is now just 1-4 in his last five UFC fights after starting his career perfect.

Now, Michael Bisping said that Till supposedly tore his ACL ten weeks before the fight. However, after multiple fights fell through, Till didn’t want to pull out of this fight. The injury definitely didn’t help his ability on Saturday night.

The big question is what weight class should Till compete in moving forward. In my opinion, I still think he fits best as a big welterweight. His power plays way up in that weight class and he doesn’t have to worry as much about strength.

Then again, he cut a ton of weight to make 170 so 185 is much healthier. I’m not even sure on an opponent, but I think Till needs to take a step back and regroup. I think the UFC needs to be smart with who they book him against next.

Should the oblique kick be banned after devastating finish at UFC Vegas 36?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 36 we saw a light heavyweight showdown between Khalil Rountree (9-5) and Modestas Bukauskas (11-5). Both men were coming into UFC Vegas 36 on losing streaks and both men needed a win badly.

In the first round, Rountree was fighting with a ton of urgency. He was hunting for the knockout virtually the entire fight, but couldn’t quite find the finishing shot early on. Bukauskas was doing a decent job of defending while trying to find his range.

In the second round, there were a couple of times where both men came towards the other and had an exchange. Well, halfway through the second round, there was an exchange that ended the fight in a brutal fashion.

As Bukauskas planted his front foot to throw a shot, Rountree perfectly timed a side-kick to the knee. The kick completely buckled Bukauskas and it looked like his knee was completely shredded from the kick. Khalil Rountree picked up the much needed win, but this kick sparked a debate between UFC fighters.

Should the UFC step in?

In this article by MMA Mania, you can see a number of fighters weighing in on the technique after UFC Vegas 36. The most vocal fighters were calling for the kick to be banned due to the serious nature of the technique and the long-lasting damage it can cause.

Belal Muhammad said the technique should be banned. Light heavyweight prospect Jamahal Hill said the kick shouldn’t be allowed. Kelvin Gastelum was another fighter who called for the technique to be banned. 

Now, there were UFC fighters that said the kick should still be allowed and those are listed in the article. So, with fighters on both sides of the issue, what should the promotion do?

Well, I think banning the technique causes way more problems than it fixes. Yes, the kick is devastating and could threaten a career. However, as Joe Rogan always says, so can leg locks and submissions on the ground.

At the end of the day, this is the fight business. Whether it’s concussions or damage from submissions, UFC fighters face career-threatening injuries every single day. I know the technique is devastating, but I don’t think it should be banned.

Soccer kicks to a the head of a ground opponent are one thing, but this kick is another. It’s a brutal technique that many of the best in the UFC use. It’s not popular, but even as Modestas Bukauskas himself pointed out, it’s on the fighters to defend. Bukauskas took to Instagram where he stated the following:

“Getting (an) MRI when I get home. Probably ligament damage. And yo, please give my opponent some slack, that kick was all good, it was my job to defend and I didn’t. Let the man enjoy his victory.”

Derek Brunson dominates and submits Darren Till at UFC Vegas 36

Derek Brunson

In the headliner of UFC Vegas 36, we saw a battle of top ten middleweights. Derek Brunson (22-7) was looking to continue his winning streak as he took on the popular Darren Till (18-3-1).

Brunson was looking for his fifth straight win in the UFC today. His career really started to turn around when he made the move to Sanford MMA a couple of years ago.

Back in 2018, Brunson was knocked out by Israel Adesanya. However, since that knockout loss, Brunson has rattled off four consecutive wins including wins over Ian Heinisch, Edmen Shahbazyan, and Kevin Holland.

Standing in his way today was Darren Till. A few years ago, Till was unbeaten and looked like he was going to be a UFC welterweight champion. He got his shot at the 170 pound title in 2018. However, since that fight, he’s just 1-3.

After a knockout loss to Jorge Masvidal, Till moved up to middleweight. He won his first fight against Kelvin Gastelum, but lost a decision to Robert Whittaker last July. He’s been out win injuries since then which has caused the longest layoff in his UFC career.

UFC Vegas 36 Recap

Round 1

The UFC Vegas 36 main event started with a touch of the gloves. Immediate pressure from Darren Till who was looking for his strikes. Sharp left up the middle lands for Till and it forces a sloppy shot from Brunson.

Till shrugs him off and they’re back to striking. Brunson biting hard on the feints of Till early and he eats another crisp left hand. 1-2 down the middle for Till forces a Derek Brunson takedown attempt and Brunson gets Till down.

Brunson immediately works to half guard and starts working on some elbows. Heavy top pressure here from Derek Brunson who’s doing a good job of holding Till down. Big shots land for Brunson. Brunson postures up and blasts Till with more big shots.

Huge elbow lands from Brunson on a damaged eye of Darren Till. Brunson is all over Till here. After a few more big shots, Till is able to force a scramble and he gets back up. The round comes to a close and it’s 1-0 Brunson at UFC Vegas 36.

Round 2

Entering the second here at UFC Vegas 36 and Darren Till has to keep the fight standing. The second round starts with a sloppy shot from Brunson and Till is able to defend. Looping left from Till misses and Brunson uses it to get a body lock.

He tries hard, but Till is able to defend the takedown nicely at first. The two settle into a clinch along the cage. Till separates, but Brunson immediately shoots again. Again, Till is able to defend the takedown and the two separate.

Nice uppercut lands for Derek Brunson and he chains it into a takedown attempt and is once again able to get Till down. Brunson settles into the half guard, but in this round there’s not a lot of ground strikes being thrown.

The referee looks like he might be looking at standing this up and Brunson throws an elbow to stay active. The control of Brunson has been dominating so far through two rounds. The round comes to a close and it’s easily 2-0 Brunson at UFC Vegas 36.

Round 3

Entering the third here at UFC Vegas 36 and it’s starting to look like Till needs a miracle. Till tries to open with strikes, but he’s really far out of range. Nice left lands for Till, but it didn’t appear to land enough to hurt Brunson.

Low kick lands for Till and when Brunson goes for a clinch, he lands a knee. Brunson tries to push forward, but Till keeps him away. Another good knee lands for Till. Till hurts Brunson and he’s wobbly.

Till pushes forward, but he’s a bit off-balance. He’s overaggressive and Brunson gets a takedown. Till tries to scramble and Brunson ends up in mount. When Till tries to move, Brunson takes his back. Almost immediately he locks in a rear naked choke and Till taps.

Derek Brunson def. Darren Till by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 3

UFC Vegas 36 Preview: Derek Brunson – Darren Till

Tomorrow night in the headliner of UFC Vegas 36, we have a battle of top ten middleweights. Derek Brunson (22-7) will be looking to continue his winning streak as he takes on the popular Darren Till (18-3-1).

Brunson will be looking for his fifth straight win in the UFC tomorrow night. His career really started to turn around when he made the move to Sanford MMA a couple of years ago.

Back in 2018, Brunson was knocked out by Israel Adesanya. However, since that knockout loss, Brunson has rattled off four consecutive wins including wins over Ian Heinisch, Edmen Shahbazyan, and Kevin Holland.

Standing in his way tomorrow is Darren Till. A few years ago, Till was unbeaten and looked like he was going to be a UFC welterweight champion. He got his shot at the 170 pound title in 2018. However, since that fight, he’s just 1-3.

After a knockout loss to Jorge Masvidal, Till moved up to middleweight. He won his first fight against Kelvin Gastelum, but lost a decision to Robert Whittaker last July. He’s been out win injuries since then which has caused the longest layoff in his UFC career.

UFC Vegas 36 Preview

What makes the UFC Vegas 36 main event difficult for me is Derek Brunson. When I look at Derek Brunson the fighter, there’s really nothing about him that blows me away. Over the last few years, I find myself picking against him in almost every fight.

He doesn’t have good striking, he doesn’t chain things together well, and he doesn’t have the best chin. All that being said, he continues to prove me wrong and he’s continued to win. However, can he do that at UFC Vegas 36.

In this matchup, I really like the style of Darren Till. I believe Till is going to be able to hurt Brunson on the feet and I do think he can keep the fight up enough to do damage. That said, I think Brunson will be able to get some takedowns in here and there.

I think this fight is ultimately going to get stopped. In the third round, I expect a sloppy shot from Brunson is going to be met with a flush counter from Till. In Till’s UFC return, I’m expecting a statement finish. Then again, Brunson has a habit of proving me wrong.

Prediction: Darren Till by TKO – Round 3