The UFC's signing of Paddy Pimblett is FanSided MMA's biggest signing of the year.

The UFC’s signing of Paddy Pimblett is FanSided MMA’s biggest signing of the year.

FanSided MMA’s Biggest Signing of the Year is Paddy Pimblett joining the UFC.

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, a highly touted British MMA prospect, ultimately made the leap across the Atlantic in 2021, following in the footsteps of many of his British forefathers who had signed with the UFC.

The UFC’s signing of Paddy Pimblett is FanSided MMA’s biggest signing of the year.

The former Cage Warrior featherweight champion made his move with a statement-making win in his final fight for the European MMA organization, winning a decisive finish by submission and sending a message to UFC president Dana White that now is the time to sign him up. Pimblett’s signing was announced as a done deal by the UFC less than two weeks later.

 

Since the announcement, the excitement around ‘The Baddy’s’ debut has dominated combat sports headlines throughout the world, with most of the focus being on when he will make his Octagon debut. Pimblett made his octagon debut as part of the British Invasion of Las Vegas at UFC Vegas 36, and delivered exactly what he promised with a first-round KO victory and performance of the night honors.

 

Below is a video of Pimblett’s spectacular KO victory in his UFC debut.

Paddy Pimblett turned rejected the UFC on several occasions before finally agreeing to join the organization.

Before reaching an agreement with Pimblett this year, the UFC made numerous attempts to sign the Liverpudlian, the first in September 2016, shortly after securing the Cage Warriors featherweight title, and the second in 2018, when the UFC made their first appearance in Liverpool at the Echo Arena. The first rejection, according to Pimblett, was due to his not feeling ready to make the leap at the age of 21, and the second was due to a more lucrative offer to continue fighting for Cage Warriors at the time.

 

While these factors may have previously put a stop to Pimblett’s quest to the UFC, the Next Generation fighter has now arrived, and in spectacular manner, with the entire nation eagerly anticipating his next move.

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