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Mixed martial arts will yet again be the main attraction in Las Vegas this weekend, with 13 exciting bouts scheduled to take place this Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena.
Fighting in the co-main event of the night is one of the UFC’s most exciting new prospects, Paddy ‘the Baddy’ Pimblett. The 27-year-old Englishman comes up against a much more experienced UFC fighter in the form of America’s Jared Gordon, who will look to end Pimblett’s five fight unbeaten streak.
We preview each fighter’s path to this fight, and break down some of the best bets to make ahead of Saturday night’s clash.
Best Bets to Make on Paddy Pimblett vs Jared Gordon
Looking at the bookies’ odds ahead of this fight, Pimblett is the moderate favourite.
William Hill has Pimblett at 4/11 (1.36) against Gordon’s 2/1 (3.10), while the most favoured method of victory is a Pimblett submission which pays 15/8 (2.87). As expected, if Gordon is to win the bookies say it will be by decision, which is at 4/1 (5.00).
We think this one could end in Pimblett winning by a knockout. Talk ahead of the fight has been heated between Pimblett and Gordon, with the Englishman declaring on multiple occasions that he intends to knockout Gordon. Given the Baddy’s showmanship, there’s a decent chance that he could angle his fight style towards doing exactly that.
William Hill have a great offer for new customers on this fight, with odds of 80/1 (81.00) for Pimblett to win by knockout. For those who aren’t new at William Hill, the odds are still very lucrative at 5/2 (3.50).
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Paddy Pimblett Betting Preview: Can the Baddy Push Towards a Title Fight?
At the start of last year, Paddy Pimblett was a relatively unknown name in the mixed martial arts world.
Having debuted as a professional in 2012, England’s Pimblett won his first three matches in emphatic style through first round finishes. The 27-year-old suffered his first loss in the fifth fight of his career, being submitted by Cameron Else. However, this result was to catalyse a nine-fight win streak, which took Pimblett to 13-1-0 before he found his second career defeat. Another loss soon after was not enough to slow down the enthusiastic fighter, who was awarded a UFC contract in mid-2021 with a professional record of 16-3-0.
Over the past eighteen months, Paddy Pimblett has lit the octagon on fire, tearing through his first three UFC fights in dramatic style. Two submissions and a knockout in the early rounds, combined with Pimblett’s characteristic flare and personality have instantly made the lightweight a star.
A title fight seems just a matter of time, but Pimblett will have to get through Jared Gordon first, who has eight more fights in the UFC than he does.
Jared Gordon Betting Preview: Will the Home Favourite Spoil the UFC’s Party?
The ideal result for Dana White here is Paddy Pimblett continuing to win fights. An unbeaten UFC star heading towards one of his current champions is the perfect scenario for big pay-per-view money.
However, Jared Gordon will be determined not to let that happen easily. The American is seven years older than his opponent, and has been fighting in the UFC since 2017. In that time, he’s accrued a respectable record of seven wins and four losses, with his most recent win coming just four months ago over Leonardo Santos by way of unanimous decision.
While Gordon is a seasoned, well-rounded fighter who has the ability to land knockouts and execute submissions, chances are Gordon will play for a points victory here. His last six wins have come in this fashion, and he’s carving out a niche for himself as a journeyman who can go the distance and take tight wins through his superior fitness and fighting nous.