UFC Vegas 36: A brief timeline leading Paddy Pimblett to the UFC

A brief timeline into lightweight Paddy Pimblett’s road to the UFC.

UFC president Dana White finally made many fans’ wishes come true by bringing Paddy Pimblett to his promotion in one of the biggest signings in MMA in 2021. He’s finally scheduled to make his UFC debut this weekend at UFC Vegas 36 against Luigi Vendramini in one of the most hyped-up fights on the card.

Pimblett comes to the UFC after a successful run in Cage Warriors, one of the biggest promotions in Europe. Pimblett’s grappling has smothered his opponents on the ground and his striking has vastly improved over time.

But, Pimblett’s career before getting signed by the biggest promotion in MMA may be relatively unknown to the average combat sports fan.

Let’s take a look at how Pimblett went from fighting on the U.K. regional scene to being just days away from fighting on the sport’s biggest platform.

Paddy Pimblett made his MMA debut with Olympian MMA Championships

Pimblett began his MMA career on the amateur ranks in 2011, earning back-to-back submission wins during brief stints in Cage Conflict and Raw. This caught the attention of Olympian MMA Championships, who signed the then 17-year-old Pimblett to a deal to fight in their featherweight division. Pimblett would get off to a fast start in his professional endeavors with wins in his first four professional fights.

Pimblett immediately rose as an instant star, with slick grappling that completely shut down his opponents. Many fans of the U.K. MMA scene began comparing Pimblett’s ‘it’ factor to that of UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

Pimblett would then earn a massive opportunity, signing with one of Europe’s top promotions: Cage Warriors.

Paddy Pimblett became an instant star with Cage Warriors

Pimblett didn’t take long to garner the attention of fight fans by earning a dominant unanimous decision win in his Cage Warriors debut. After losing his second fight in the promotion, Pimblett would go on a run for the ages with seven straight wins in Cage Warriors and Full Contact Contender.

After calling for a featherweight title shot for years, he would finally earn his spot as the top contender after defeating Teddy Violet by a rear-naked-choke at Cage Warriors 77.

Paddy Pimblett finally earned a featherweight title by defeating Johnny Frachey at Cage Warriors 78

The moment of truth had finally arrived for one of England’s biggest MMA stars, as he was scheduled to fight Johnny Frachey at Cage Warriors 78. In front of a Pimblett-friendly crowd at Echo Arena in Liverpool, Pimblett showcased his vicious striking by earning a first-round knockout over Frachey.

After a long road to the title, Pimblett had finally reached the pinnacle of the sport and had the UFC on high alert. He would go on to defend the featherweight title against UFC veteran Julian Erosa.

Pimblett would later reveal that the UFC brass had offered him multiple deals to sign with their promotion, but he turned them down because he felt he wasn’t quite ready for the big stage. After losing the featherweight title to Nad Narimani but rounding with back-to-back wins, Pimblett signed with the UFC after years of fans wanting him to get a shot.

Paddy Pimblett signed with the UFC earlier this year

The UFC nearly broke the MMA internet when they announced the signing of Pimblett in March. The promotion re-invigorated their international fanbase by signing one of the U.K.’s most popular fighters.

Following a successful run competing at featherweight, Pimblett has opted to move up to lightweight for his UFC debut. He’s scheduled to face Vendramini to kick off the UFC Vegas 36 main card.

UFC Vegas 36 takes place on Sept. 4, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Fri, 03 Sep 2021 17:11:38 +0000

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