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UFC London Preview: Paddy Pimblett Faces His Toughest Test



This coming Saturday Liverpools own, Paddy Pimblett, will take on his toughest test so far in his short UFC tenure with his first fight on his new deal. The 27-year-old will take on the eccentric, Jordan Leavitt, at the O2 Arena in the nations capital.

The Next Generation hotshot has captured fans attention ever since his Cage Warriors debut back in 2016, for not only his ability in the cage, but his ability to get fans out of their seat with a mic in his hand. On July 23rd though, the fan favourite will have to be on top of his game, as “The Monkey King” isn’t coming to play.

(Credit: Paddy the Baddy after beating “Kazula” Vargas at UFC London in March

Leavitt is currently 10-1 as a professional and he poses a big threat when the fight goes to the mat as he boasts 5 submission wins. Not only that, but if he gets the win in this bout, he will send the o2 into meltdown as he does his obligatory winning twerk dance.

Paddy “The Baddy” will hope to get the fight done early on, like he has in his first 3 as he’s not paid by the hour. He is however coming in with boost of a new favourable contract which will no doubt give him some added motivation.

How I See The Fight Playing Out

Jordan Leavitt’s game-plan will undoubtedly be to get the fight to the mat. Having said that, Pimblett’s bottom game isn’t the worst. If the fight does find itself on the mat and Paddy finds his back to the canvas, I expect to see him throw up triangle attempts as it’s something in his repertoire. Not only that but if Leavitt puts him against the fence, expect to see a signature flying triangle attempt by the Scouser.

There is no doubt that the match-making in this one favours the Brit. Leavitt doesn’t posses knockout power and in his 10 wins, only 1 has come by way of knockout, and that was due to a slam. The questions surrounding Paddy “The Baddy” and how far he can go all lie on how well he can fair against an elite striker, and unfortunately for fans, they’re not questions that’ll be answered come Saturday night.

With Pimblett now entering his new contract, with a win over Leavitt, I expect to see him introduced to the US market on a big PPV against a more elite contender, but I don’t expect him to compete against anyone near the top 15 just yet.

The answers we’re looking for in Paddy Pimblett willhave to wait until a tougher match-up is provided, and only then can we consider just how far the star can shoot.


Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8



Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.

Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.

PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.

PFL 8 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone

Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis

Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu

Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci

Main card

Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov

Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira

Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel

Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal

Preliminary Card

Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik

Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg

Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil

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PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg



After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.

Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.

Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.

Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.

Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.

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Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!



The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.

Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.

History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.

Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.

Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.

Stay tuned for more fight announcements.

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