Ilia Topuria sends a message, literally and figuratively, to Paddy Pimblett with a comeback knockout of Jai Herbert at UFC London
Ilia Topuria proved he is quite the dangerous man, waging a war with Jai Herbert at UFC London that saw his performance go from concerning to explosive.
Topuria looked like he was ready to eat an L after getting dropped early in the first round by a head kick from Herbert. Topuria looked out but somehow managed to stay in the fight and score takedowns of Herbert.
In the second round, Topuria and Herbert traded bombs before Topuria landed a right hand, clean on the button that dropped Herbert out cold for a huge win.
Topuria then used the time following his victory to send a message to Paddy Pimblett. Topuria attacked Pimblett earlier this week at the fighters’ hotel over comments Pimblett previously made.
“Paddy Pimblett, win or lose, I want to fight you next and kick your a** like I did the last time. F*** you,” Topuria said in his post-fight remarks. “I want that blonde bitch.”
MMA Twitter goes off after Ilia Topuria knocks out Jai Herbert in comeback fashion at UFC London and calls out Paddy Pimblett
This win keeps Topuria unbeaten at 12-0, with a 4-0 UFC record. After a decision win in his UFC debut over Youssef Zalal, Topuria has now gotten off straight knockouts of Damon Jackson, Ryan Hall and Herbert.
Pimblett competes later today at UFC London against Rodrigo Vargas. It’s Pimblett’s second UFC bout after defeating Luigi Vendramini in his September UFC debut.