British UFC star Paddy Pimblett is set to face the toughest test of his career when he makes his pay-per-view debut later this year.
On Saturday, it was revealed that “The Baddy” will face 24-fight veteran Jared Gordon at UFC 282 in Las Vegas on December 10.
Gordon boasts a 19-5 record in MMA and has operated in the UFC featherweight and lightweight divisions since 2017 with great success.
The 34-year-old New Yorker has six wins in his 11 UFC fights, including a win over former Pimblett sparring partner Chris Fishgold.
‘Flash’ also shared the octagon with former lightweight king Charles Oliveira in 2019 but was no match for the Brazilian who will be looking to reclaim the 155-pound title at UFC 280.
Gordon was recently filmed showing off his elite-level mixed martial arts skills when an unknown assailant apparently attempted to attack his family with a baseball bat.
Pimblett has become one of the most exciting prospects in the sport since signing with the UFC in 2021 and is impressing fans with his exciting fighting style.
The 27-year-old has earned three stoppages in his first three UFC fights, including a second-round submission win over Jordan Leavitt at London’s O2 Arena on July 23.
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Pimblett has been considering a fight with Gordon since he was officially signed by the UFC because he wants to avenge his friend’s loss.
“I would love to beat Jared Gordon,” he told LowKickMMA in 2021.
“He’s a nice guy and that, he’s a good opponent and all that, but I’d like to get that one back for Next Gen [Next Generation MMA Liverpool].”
Earlier this year, UFC President Dana White publicly claimed Pimblett and Gordon would face off at UFC London on March 19, shocking both fighters.
After their managers refuted the booking, they fought alternate opponents but are now set to do so at UFC 282 which also features the return of Darren Till and Jiri Prochazka against Glover Teixeira 2.