UFC star Paddy Pimblett is back in training as he begins to prepare for a proposed return at UFC London this summer.
We’ve seen plenty of prospects come and go over the years but few have been as popular as Paddy Pimblett. The Scouse sensation continues to turn heads wherever he goes with the masses hanging on his every word, regardless of whether they like him or hate him.
So far he’s been able to put together a 2-0 record with the promotion, following on from a successful run with Cage Warriors that allowed the world to see ‘The Baddy’ in all his glory.
He isn’t seen as a ‘future world champion’ in the same manner that Tom Aspinall is at heavyweight, but that isn’t really the point for someone like him. Sure, he may go on to achieve that goal, but either way he’s going to make a whole lot of money both for himself and the UFC.
The last couple of months have been fruitful for the 27-year-old as he’s been enjoying life after his last London appearance in March when he submitted Kazula Vargas. Pimblett has been known to balloon up in weight between fights and he certainly did that this time around, leaving many to wonder whether or not he can safely get back down to 155 pounds before his next outing.
We’re going to find out, it seems, as Pimblett confirmed on Instagram that he’s back in training camp with just a few months to go before the O2 Arena is rocking once more.
The next step
While it hasn’t yet been announced, Pimblett has been tipped to collide with Ottman Azaitar at UFC London on July 23. The bout would give Azaitar the opportunity to perform on the UFC stage for the first time since September 2020 as he puts his unbeaten 13-0 record on the line.
If this does end up being the fight that gets booked, it’ll easily be the toughest test Paddy has had to face to date.
Whether or not he passes it will be a huge indicator of how his UFC career looks moving forward.