Count it two high-profile London outings for lightweight prospect, Paddy Pimblett this year – with the fan-favorite finisher set to feature on July 23. at The O2 Arena in a 155lb pairing against the 10-1 contender, Jordan Leavitt in the English capital.
A former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, Pimblett most recently featured on the main card of UFC Fight Night London in March of this year, submitting Kazula Vargas with a first round rear-naked choke. The victory came as Pimblett’s second under the UFC banner.
For Leavitt, the Dana White’s Contender Series alum managed to turn in his second straight victory back in April with a close, split decision win over Trey Ogden in his native, Las Vegas, at UFC Vegas 51.
The promotion confirmed the pairing between Pimblett and Leavitt with a promotional poster on their official ‘UFC Europe’ account on Twitter.
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“Paddy Pimblett is back!” UFC Europe tweeted this Friday afternoon. “@TheUFCBaddy (Paddy Pimblett) vs. @Jojo_MonkeyKing (Jordan Leavitt) is signed for #UFCLondon (British flag emoji).”
Tipped to land eventual lightweight success under the scrutiny of the UFC, Pimblett, a native of Liverpool, made his long-awaited Octagon bow back in September of last year at UFC Vegas 36 – stopping Luigi Vendramini with first round strikes as part of a rallying performance.
Prior to his win over Ogden last month, Leavitt, who boasts a 3-1 Octagon record from four outings with the North American-based organization, returned to winning ways with a inverted triangle submission win against Matt Sayles.
In his sole professional defeat following a UFC debut slam KO win against Matt Wiman, Leavitt dropped a unanimous decision loss against Claudio Puelles.
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