UFC lightweight Paddy Pimblett is set to make his return at the upcoming UFC London event, but it won’t be against Donald Cerrone despite recent rumors.

Pimblett passed his first test in the UFC octagon with flying colors by knocking out Luigi Vendramini last September. He was arguably the biggest signing by the UFC in 2021 after a successful run in Cage Warriors.

Pimblett has remained active on social media since his debut, but rumors have swirled regarding his next appearance in the UFC. During a recent interview on the Believe You Me podcast, Pimblett confirmed that he won’t have to travel far for his next fight in the U.K.

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“I would like to fight in London, in front of my home crowd,” Pimblett said. “It would be sick. That’s what I’m guessing (will happen) and that’s what I’ve been told, that me and Molly will be fighting on the same card. That’s happening. I’m gonna take someone’s head off again in the O2. I’ll announce myself once again.” (h/t MMA News)

Paddy Pimblett Shut Down The Donald Cerrone Fight Rumors

Rumors of a fight between Pimblett and fan-favorite Cerrone have been running rampant on social media in recent weeks. But, Pimblett confirmed that Cerrone won’t be his next opponent and the promotion is looking at other options.

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“It’s going around everywhere, but there’s no truth to it,” Pimblett said. “Nothing on my end. Do you really think that the UFC are gonna put me on a card on the 5th of March in Vegas when they’re doing London on the 19th? It doesn’t make sense. I think that was just Chael having a little go for some clickbait or something. It started with Chael.”

Before signing with the UFC, Pimblett earned the Cage Warriors title and became an instant hit in Europe’s MMA scene. He earned back-to-back wins over Davide Martinez and Decky Dalton before making the move to the UFC.

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Many fans believe Pimblett has the potential to be a superstar in the making, and he’ll likely have the chance to prove it in front of his hometown crowd.

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Curtis Calhoun is a Combat Sports Contributor based in Seattle, Washington. After a longtime dream of becoming a sports journalist, he was able to accomplish his goals upon graduating from Washington State University in 2016.