With Donovan Desmae withdrawing from the London card for personal reasons, Italian prospect Davide Martinez (8-2) has stepped in to take on Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett (14-3) on March 20th.
Paddy Pimblett – former lightweight champion and one of Europe’s biggest draws outside of the UFC – has had a turbulent past 12 months, with scheduled fights against both Joe Giannetti and Donovan Desmae falling through at late notice.
Raring to get back in the cage and forge a path back to the title, ‘The Baddy’ will now take on one of Italy’s most exciting lightweight names. Currently on a 6-fight win streak, Davide Martinez travels to London on March 20th boasting multiple first-round stoppages across his 8 professional victories.
So far, Pimblett remains undefeated in the capital, having picked up wins against Ashley Grimshaw, Teddy Violet and ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ contender Julian Erosa in London in 2016.
In his first return to the city in over 3 years, ‘The Baddy’ is gearing up for a night to remember.
“I hope he’s ready for a scrap come fight night, because I’m coming to make a statement,” said Pimblett this week.
“I’m happy to have a new opponent to focus on, and want to thank Davide for taking the fight as he’s the only person to actually want to fight me. Everyone else talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk.”
Many more of the biggest names on the Cage Warriors roster are heading to London on March 20th, including Morgan Charrieré, who fights for the Interim Featherweight Title, and Flyweight Champion Samir Faiddine who makes the first defence of his belt against Luke Shanks.
In the lightweight division, Mason ‘The Dragon’ Jones will take on former UFC star Danilo Belluardo, and Ireland’s Ian Garry returns at Welterweight.
Cage Warriors London is sold out. Fans can watch the action live from the Indigo at the O2 Arena on UFC Fight Pass.
Interim Featherweight Title Fight
Morgan Charrieré vs TBC
Flyweight Title Fight
Samir Faiddine vs Luke Shanks
Paddy Pimblett vs Davide Martinez – Lightweight
Danilo Belluardo vs. Mason Jones – Lightweight
Ian Garry vs TBC – Welterweight
Joe McColgan vs Rafael Macedo – Lightweight
Perry Goodwin vs Steve Aimable – Featherweight
Cory Tait vs Davide Baneschi – Bantamweight
Nathan Jones vs TBC – Welterweight
Aidan Stephen vs. Emrah Sonmez – Featherweight
Lewis Monarch vs Kingsley Crawford – Featherweight
Kris Edwards vs James Hendin – Featherweight
Matthew Bonner vs. Jamie Richardson – Middleweight
Darren O’Gorman vs Coner Hignett – Flyweight
Adam Amarasinghe vs Jake Bond – Flyweight
Joshua Onwordi vs Jack Collins – Lightweight