Pimblett rallies to score incredible finish in UFC debut
Paddy Pimblett's UFC career is off to a great start.
The highly touted lightweight prospect defeated Luigi Vendramini in his long-awaited promotional debut, scoring a TKO win at 4:25 of the first round at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
"I'm here to take over," Pimblett said in his postfight interview. "I'm the new cash cow. I'm the new main man on the UFC roster. ... It's that simple. I'm the new man. People are going to be calling me out now."
Pimblett called for the UFC to return to his home country of England, where he would "blow the roof off the gaff" in a main or co-main event slot.
Vendramini nearly spoiled Pimblett's first Octagon appearance less than a minute into the fight, rocking him with a huge left hand.
However, "The Baddy" recovered as the round progressed, and he unleashed a barrage of strikes late in the frame that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas.
Pimblett is a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion and has been on the radars of MMA fans for years. The Liverpool native improved his professional record to 17-3 with the victory over Vendramini and has now won three contests in a row.
Vendramini, a native of Brazil, is riding a two-fight skid and sits at 1-3 in the UFC overall.
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