Former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, Paddy Pimblett survived some early adversity on the feet opposite Luigi Vendramini — stopping the Brazilian with a late opening round knockout to kick-off the main card of UFC Vegas 36.

Liverpool native and Next Generation MMA mainstay, Pimblett made his long-awaited Octagon bow, clashing with Vendramini, however, it wasn’t completely plain sailing for the 26-year-old early in the bout.

Entering the majority of the exchanges with his hands low and his chin high in the air, Pimblett was clipped with a massive hook before he was taken down, allowing him some time to recover from the bottom.

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Launching with a combination in the pocket, the lightweight newcomer wobbled Vendramini before swarming and eventually dropping the Brasilia native before referee, Mark Smith could step him — successfully debuting in the UFC.


Below, catch Pimblett’s debut knockout win over Vendramini.

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