MMA Fighter Paddy Pimblett Returns to UFC 296 After Ankle Injury
The Baddy is Back
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett is set to make a triumphant return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after a year-long hiatus. Pimblett will go against Tony Ferguson at the forthcoming UFC 296 in Las Vegas, scheduled for December. The Liverpool-born fighter had sustained an ankle injury during his last bout in December 2022 that had kept him out of the ring for a significant period.
A Triumphant Return
The 28-year-old fighter has been recovering from his ankle injury that saw him taking a break after winning against Jared Gordon at UFC 282. Pimblett underwent three surgeries in March to treat the damaged ankle ligament, and his return marks a significant milestone in his recovery efforts. The announcement of Pimblett’s return was made by the UFC president, who anticipates that UFC 296 will be one of the best cards of the year.
The Rise of Paddy Pimblett
Pimblett had a successful 2022, winning three fights and extending his record to four consecutive victories since joining UFC in 2021. He defeated Rodrigo Vargas in March and Jordan Leavitt in July, and co-headlined in the victory over Gordon. The UFC president highlighted Pimblett’s impressive record, noting that he is on a six-fight winning streak, with five of those victories being finishes.
Upcoming Bout Against Tony Ferguson
His opponent, 39-year-old American Tony Ferguson, is a former interim champion in the lightweight division, adding to the excitement of the match. Despite Ferguson’s recent losing streak, his reputation as a formidable fighter in the past adds a layer of intrigue to this upcoming match.
Fellow British Fighter Joins the Fray
Adding to the British representation on the card, Leon Edwards, a 32-year-old welterweight champion, will be defending his title against Colby Covington. This will serve as the co-main event, sharing the limelight with the first defense of flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja against Brandon Royval.
A Much-Anticipated Event
UFC 296 is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated events of the year. With Pimblett’s return from injury, Ferguson’s opportunity to reclaim his former glory, and a co-main event featuring top British talent, the stage is set for an unforgettable night of UFC action. As all eyes turn to Las Vegas in December, fans worldwide are eagerly waiting to see what this fight card brings.
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