Paddy Pimblett introduced himself to the world as a possible UFC celebrity with a surprising first spherical knockout on his debut, simply as Conor McGregor did eight years in the past.
The previous Cage Warriors champion is hoping to affix the likes of McGregor, Michael Bisping and Joanna Jędrzejczyk by profitable UFC gold after home success.
His introduction to the world’s premiere organisation couldn’t have gotten off to a worse begin as he ate a vicious left hook from Luigi Vendramini within the early exchanges.
Along with his chin within the air and his fan-friendly fashion in full drive, the tip was seemingly shut for the scouser as his Italian foe lurched ahead.
But the 26-year-old has the abilities to pay the payments and the grit to match as he clamped down on his mouthpiece and duly started to commerce with a vengeance.
A crisp proper hand began the start of the tip and the ‘Baddy’ celebrated like a person possessed because the bout was waved off, earlier than delivering a world class promo and placing the light-weight division on discover.
“What did I inform you?” Pimblett advised Bisping after the battle. “I’m a scouser.
“We don’t get knocked out.
“I’m right here to takeover. I’m the brand new money cow. I’m the brand new man.
“I finest be on the sport subsequent week. Individuals are going to be calling me out now.”