Paddy Pimblett denies ‘sheep’ Ilia Topuria’s callout after a stunning first-round comeback at UFC London.
UFC lightweight Paddy Pimblett promised to blow the roof off at O2 Arena, and he backed it up with a first-round finish of Kazula Vargas at UFC London.
Pimblett had to overcome some early adversity once again in his second UFC outing. He took a big punch from Vargas in the opening seconds and was in the bottom position for a majority of the first round.
But, Pimblett was able to eventually get back to his feet and score a big judo-style takedown of Vargas. After getting his back, Pimblett sunk in a rear-naked choke as the London crowd erupted into a frenzy.
Pimblett used his post-fight interview to address Ilia Topuria’s callout earlier in the card, following his win over Jai Herbert. But, Pimblett downplayed Topuria’s callout, referring him to “hand sanitizer boy” and a “sheep” after their fight week altercation.
Paddy Pimblett passes his latest UFC test in front of his home country
Pimblett came into the fight looking to make another big statement to the lightweight division following his UFC debut victory over Luigi Vendramini last September. He was arguably one of the biggest signings by the UFC in 2021 after a decorated tenure in Cage Warriors.
Before joining the UFC, Pimblett earned the Cage Warriors featherweight title over Johnny Frachey at CW 78. He went on to defend the belt against UFC veteran Julian Erosa just months later.
Vargas was looking to shock The O2 Arena with an upset win over Pimblett at UFC London. He came into the event off of one of the most impressive wins of his career against Zhu Rong at UFC 261, winning via a unanimous decision.
With the victory over Vargas, Pimblett’s stock continues to surge in the UFC’s lightweight division.