British UFC prospect Paddy Pimblett is aiming for a stoppage to earn £41,000 ($50,000) in bonus money ahead of the biggest fight of his life.
“The Baddy” has quickly become one of the most popular fighters on the roster after earning three stoppage wins and three Performance of the Night bonuses since joining the UFC in 2021.
Pimblett knocked out Luigi Verandimi before picking up back-to-back wins over Rodrigo Vargas and Jordan Leavitt in massive UFC events in London.
He will now face his first serious step into opposition when he takes on 24-fight veteran Jared Gordon at UFC 282 in Las Vegas on December 10.
An injury to Jiri Prochazka forced a major reshuffle of the UFC 282 card and Pimblett’s bout was surprisingly elevated to co-main event status despite coming in between two unranked lightweights.
The 27-year-old plans to use his pay-per-view showcase spot to make a statement by stopping Gordon and securing his fourth straight Performance of the Night bonus.
“I’m a finisher, I don’t mess with my food,” Pimblett said on UFC 282 Embedded.
“I’m finishing my dinner and that’s what I’m going to do.” I don’t decide anyone. I’m coming to get the finish and another $50,000 bonus because that’s how I roll.
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“I don’t do Fight of the Night. I’m doing Performance of the Night. No one hurts me for giving me Fight of Night, I get Performance of the Night.
“I’m aiming for my fourth in a row and I’m going to have four in a row. I know I am! Four performance bonuses in four fights, it’s happening.
That will be easier said than done against “Flash” who has seven UFC wins under his belt, including a dominant decision win over former Pimblett teammate Chris Fishgold.
However, after seeing Gordon get stopped in his five losses, Pimblett will be confident he can follow in the footsteps of former UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira who knocked out the American in 2019.