The UFC returns to London for a second time in 2022 and one of the most significant bouts of the night pits rising star Paddy Pimblett against Jordan Leavitt.
Pimblett has fought twice in the UFC since making his debut last year but has already built a solid reputation in the sport after noting comprehensive victories over Luigi Vendramini and Rodrigo Vargas.
The Liverpool native is set to make a big step forward in the form of Jordan Leavitt. Known as the “King of the Apes,” Leavitt is considered a major lightweight talent with a career-to-date record of 10 wins and one loss.
Pimblett has promised an end to this showdown soon, describing the fight as “light night work”.
Here’s everything you need to know about Paddy the Baddy and where to catch his next fight.
Paddy Pimblett and Jordan Leavitt fight over a date
Paddy Pimblett meets Jordan Leavitt on Saturday 23 July.
The pair will be on the Main Event undercard between Tom Aspinall and Curtis Blaydes.
Where is Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt taking place?
This is the second time this year that Pimblett has fought in London, having recorded a first-round win over Vargas in March 2022.
How to watch Paddy Pimblett vs Jordan Leavitt
The entire fight will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK.
Coverage of the preliminary rounds is scheduled to begin at 5pm BST and the main show is scheduled to begin at 8pm. Pimblett and Leavitt are scheduled to start around 9:30 p.m.
Who is Paddy Pimblett?
Paddy Pimblett is an English mixed martial artist. Known in the UK as Paddy the Baddy, he is considered one of the most exciting lightweight fighters.
Paddy Pimblett began training in mixed martial arts at the age of 15 and became a professional fighter by the age of 17, winning all three of his first round bouts.
He has received multiple awards during his MMA career, winning the 2015 FCC Featherweight Championship and the 2016 Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship. During his MMA career, Pimblett had a strong record of 16 wins and 3 losses, a form that led to his joining the UFC.
The UFC is the most prestigious and lucrative mixed martial arts advertising agency, bringing together the sport’s top fighters from around the world. Since his promotion to UFC Paddy, the villain has already made a big impression by winning the performance of the night in his two bouts against Luigi Vendramini and Rodrigo Vargas.
Pimblett has lost around 49 pounds in preparation for his third UFC appearance. At the weigh-in for that fight, Pimblett weighed in at 156 pounds before baring his butt to mock critics who claimed he couldn’t handle the weight for the fight.
Complete battle map
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall (Heavyweight)
- Jack Hermansson vs. Chris Curtis (middleweight)
- Paddy Pimblett vs. Jordan Leavitt (Lightweight)
- Nikita Kyrlov vs. Alexander Gustafsson (light middleweight)
- Molly McCann vs. Hannah Goldy (Women’s Flyweight)
- Paul Craig vs. Volkan Özdemir (Light Heavyweight)
- L’udovit Klein vs. Mason Jones (Lightweight)
- Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadzoic (Lightweight)
- Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa (Bantamweight)
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce (Featherweight)
- Muhammad Mokaev vs. Charles Johnson (Flyweight)
- Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson (Lightweight)