Paddy Pimblett-Jordan Leavitt Clash Added to UFC London Lineup on July 23
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced that Paddy Pimblett will face Jordan Leavitt in a lightweight clash as part of a UFC Fight Night event on July 23 in London. Pimblett received one of the biggest pops during the UFC’s latest foray into England, and the Nevada-based promotion undoubtedly wants to strike while the iron remains hot.
A former Cage Warriors Fighting Championship titleholder, Pimblett (18-3, 2-0 UFC) made a successful promotional debut by stopping Luigi Vendramini with punches in the opening stanza of their lightweight affair at UFC Fight Night 191. Subsequently, he forced Rodrigo Vargas to tap to a rear-naked choke in the opening period of their UFC Fight Night 204 encounter in March. The Next Generation UK standout is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, with all four wins resulting in first-round finishes.
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In his most recent appearance, Leavitt (10-1, 3-1 UFC) edged Trey Ogden thanks to a narrow split decision at UFC on ESPN 34. Prior to that, the Dana White’s Contender Series graduate scored an ultra-rare inverted triangle choke finish at the expense of Matt Sayles at UFC Fight Night 199 in December. So far, only Claudio Puelles has managed to solve “The Monkey King,” as he outpointed Leavitt in June 2021.
The upcoming UFC Fight Night event will go down at the O2 Arena, headlined by a heavyweight clash between Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes. In the co-main event, former 170-pound title challenger Darren Till collides with Jack Hermansson at 185 pounds.
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