At UFC 296 in Las Vegas, Paddy Pimblett vs Tony Ferguson, Paddy Pimblett of Liverpool celebrated his comeback to the octagon by defeating veteran lightweight Tony Ferguson with ease. The 28-year-old boxer won by unanimous decision at the T-Mobile Arena after dominating the grappling exchanges. He had been out of action for a year due to ankle surgery.
Pimblett was anxious to make apologies after feeling let down by his performance against American Gordon a year earlier. In a pre-walkout promotional film, he promised to “give the fans their money’s worth”.
Ferguson, a former temporary champion, came into the match with the intention of ending a run of six consecutive defeats. In an attempt to revitalize his career, he trained with ultra-endurance athlete David Goggins, and the American cornered him for the match against Pimblett.
The crowd’s reaction to the fight differed, with Ferguson receiving enthusiastic applause when he entered the UFC venue for the 23rd time, and Pimblett—who had recently adopted a new braided hairstyle—being largely jeered.
Pimblett attempted to touch Ferguson’s glove in a show of respect before the bout started, but Ferguson refused. Ferguson displayed his intensity in the opening exchanges, landing punch combinations and cutting Pimblett’s nose. But Pimblett retaliated with well-timed body and leg kicks.
A crucial moment occurred near the conclusion of the first round when Pimblett dropped the American before dropping him with a flying knee and a series of straight rights. Ferguson made it through to the bell, but there wasn’t much relief for the veteran in the next rounds.
In the second round, Pimblett was still in complete control of the ground game and carried that dominance into the last five minutes. Ferguson attempted triangle and guillotine submissions in an attempt to make a resurgence, but Pimblett prevailed because the fans realized how serious the situation was.
After the scorecards proved Ferguson had won, Pimblett praised the UFC mainstay for his tenacity. “He truly is a legend. Tony Ferguson deserves a round of appreciation from everyone. Myth. How did he survive that opening round?” Pimblett said, highlighting the fact that grappling was an essential component of his strategy.
Paddy Pimblett’s victory over Tony Ferguson in Paddy Pimblett vs Tony Ferguson, opens a new chapter in his exciting UFC career, which was marked by triumph upon his comeback.