Paddy Pimblett Denies He’s Fighting Donald Cerrone, Open To UFC London Bout With Jared Gordon

UFC lightweight contender, Paddy Pimblett has denied recent rumors linking him with a UFC Fight Night appearance against former lightweight title challenger, Donald Cerrone in early March – insisting there is no offer on the table to fight the Denver veteran.

Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, made his promotional debut at UFC Vegas 36 back in September, stopping Brazilian striker, Luigi Vendramini with a rallying opening round knockout win in his long-awaited promotional debut.

In the time since, the Huyton native has been linked with numerous opponents for his second walk under the promotion’s banner, with former middleweight and light heavyweight title chaser, Chael Sonnen claiming a bout against Cerrone was targeted for early March.

However, Pimblett has firmly denied that a pairing with the veteran is in the works, whatsoever.

It’s going round everywhere, but there’s no truth to it,” Paddy Pimblett told Michael Bisping on his podcast, Believe You Me. “Nothing on my end. Do you really think that the UFC are gonna put me on a card on the 5th. of March in (Las) Vega when they’re doing (UFC Fight Night) London on the 19th? It doesn’t make sense.

Whilst Pimblett has yet to book a fight for an expected UFC London event, which currently features his fellow Liverpudlian, Molly McCann – the Next Generation MMA trainee has welcomed a future bout with the surging, Jared Gordon – who recently called him out.

The UFC hasn’t come at me with any opponents,” Paddy Pimblett said. “After he mentioned me, I thought me and Jared Gordon might get matched together. But as I say, I’ve got no idea, we’ll see what happens. I haven’t even had potential opponents sent over to me yet. I thought I’d have one by now.

Given Gordon’s history with Pimblett’s past-teammate, Chris Fishgold – whom he defeated back in July 2020, Pimblett would be receptive of a showdown with him.

He mentioned me in his post-fight interview and he beat my former teammate, I would like to fight Jared Gordon,” Paddy Pimblett said. “He beat [Chris Fishgold] so obviously I would like to beat him and he’s a three-fight win streak. His last loss was to (Charles) Oliveira.” 

Also appearing to share the same sentiment on a fight in March, Gordon tweeted welcomed the showdown.

Sounds like a good night out @theufcbaddy (Paddy Pimblett),” Jared Gordon tweeted.


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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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