Gordon relishes prospect of 'action-packed' fight with Pimblett

Jared Gordon relishes prospect of ‘action-packed’ fight with Paddy Pimblett as American aims to raise mental health awareness alongside Liverpool fan favourite ahead of December showdown

  • Paddy Pimblett will take on Jared Gordon in the lightweight’s next encounter 
  • He has made perfect start to life in the UFC and is so far unbeaten at that level 
  • Gordon will be a step up in competition and the pair lock horns on December 10 
  • He is not engaging in trash talk and wants to share mental health message 

Jared Gordon is relishing his December 3 showdown with Paddy Pimblett and believes they will have an ‘action-packed’ scrap. 

Pimblett is already a star in the UFC, immensely popular with fans, and has won his first three fights in the organisation in style. 

Gordon will be his opponent in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena as they both feature on the UFC 282 card. 

Paddy Pimblett (pictured) will take on American Jared Gordon at UFC 282 

Gordon is looking forward to an ‘action-packed encounter with the Liverpool native

The American has plenty of respect for his upcoming opponent and also wants to share their platform to speak about mental health. 

He told MMA Fighting: ‘He preaches for mental health; I preach for mental health. I think together we could raise awareness for mental health. He recently lost his friend to suicide. 

‘I lost my best friend, who was a pro fighter, as well to suicide a little over a year ago. Literally my best friend. 

‘And we share common things in our lives, and I think together we could do something to raise awareness instead of just fighting. 

‘But in the meantime, we can just entertain the fans, put on a good fight, make some money, better ourselves, and help other people.’

Pimblett broke down after his win over Jordan Leavitt at UFC London in July, telling those suffering to speak to a friend and revealing that someone close to him recently died by suicide. 

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His message was well received and Pimblett is gaining credibility both inside and outside of the cage. 

Gordon does not want to engage in trash talk and was highly complementary. 

Paddy Pimblett (pictured) has spoken passionately about mental health issues 

He went on: ‘He’s dangerous, and he’s got certain skill sets that pose dangers,’ Gordon said. ‘He goes for it. He’s not scared to fight. He’s got good grappling. He’s got good throws, and he’s unorthodox, and he’s a character. I like him. It’s nothing malicious on my end, and I think it’s a great fight for me stylistically.’

He continued, ‘I think it’s gonna be action packed. I’ve been getting a lot more comfortable on my feet. It’s weird. I was super comfortable on my feet and then I kind of got away from it, and now I’m back, but I’m a grappler. 

‘Yeah, I did get out-grappled by Grant Dawson. I made some mistakes in that fight, but that was my first submission loss. I’m known as a grappler, so I think that on the feet or on the floor, it’s gonna be a fun fight.’

Gordon has won four of his last five and should provide a solid test for Pimblett in his fourth trip to the octagon. 




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