Paddy Pimblett is coming off a controversial decision win over Jared Gordon in his last fight. More importantly, “The Baddy” has recently undergone ankle surgery, which he sustained during the Gordon fight.
The 28-year-old fighter is already one of the fastest-rising names on the UFC roster today. If the English fighter is completely healed from his injured ankle and can elevate his game to a new level in December, a win over someone like Ferguson will do wonders for his notoriety.
Paddy Pimblett vs Tony Ferguson at UFC 296
Another high-profile fight has been booked for UFC 296 with former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson facing off against Paddy Pimblett.
Dana White announced the fight for the December 16 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The UFC president also confirmed a welterweight fight between Stephen Thompson and Shavkhat Rakhmonov.
Paddy Pimblett didn’t plan on returning to UFC this year as the English fighter said that the injury is worse than he expected. Now, the rising star gets to fight one of the biggest names in the UFC, Tony Ferguson, who has been on a streak of 6 straight losses heading into the fight.
Paddy Pimblett returns to UFC after ankle injury
The Baddy is set to make his UFC return after suffering a horrible ankle injury against Jared Gordon. The fight against Gordon was controversial, as Pimblett, although won the fight with a unanimous decision victory, it wasn’t the decision that the fans and pundits were expecting. The general consensus was that ‘Flash’ won two of three rounds against Pimblett.
Pimblett will fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 296, the former interim UFC lightweight champion, who has had a bit of bad luck recently. Ferguson is heading into the fight against Paddy with 6 straight losses starting with a failed bid for the interim lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 249.
In his most recent outing, Ferguson was submitted by Bobby Green at UFC 291 and El Cucuy later attributed his loss to an eye poke from his opponent that left him unable to perform in the octagon.
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