Paddy Pimblett, the rising star in the UFC, is set to face one of the most prominent names in the sport, former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, at UFC 296. This thrilling bout is scheduled to take place on December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
A Grueling Test for Pimblett
While Tony Ferguson may have encountered six consecutive losses in his recent fights, it’s vital to note that four of those defeats came at the hands of top-tier fighters in the division. For Pimblett, this matchup represents a pivotal moment to assert his readiness to take on ranked opponents.
A Statement to Be Made
Pimblett’s previous fight against Jared Gordon ended in a controversial decision. Since December 2022, he hasn’t stepped into the octagon. Despite the contentious win, Pimblett’s focus is firmly on the future.
“Can’t get ahead of myself, especially after my last performance,” Pimblett shared in a recent conversation with The Schmo. “All I’m thinking about now is coming out and finishing Tony Ferguson in the first round. You know what I mean? Make a statement, let everyone know what they were missing, and then I’ll start looking at ranked opponents in the new year.”
Pimblett 2.0: A Revamped Fighter
During his time away from the cage, Pimblett believes he has undergone substantial growth and improvement as a fighter. He anticipates that his fans and critics alike will witness an entirely new version of himself at UFC 296.
“As I said, I’ve got a statement to make,” Pimblett emphasized. “It’s been a while since I’ve had so long outside the cage. By the time I fight, I’ll have over a year out of the cage. The amount of training I’ve done to get better, and I’m just a different fighter. It’s gonna be The Baddy 2.0; a new mythical fighter is going to get unlocked.”
With this colossal showdown on the horizon, Paddy Pimblett is poised to make a powerful statement in the world of UFC, and fans eagerly await his journey into the octagon against Tony Ferguson.