UFC Vegas 36 Results: Paddy Pimblett Ousts Luigi Vendramini in First Round

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UFC Vegas 36 Paddy Pimblett
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 04: (R-L) Paddy Pimblett of England punches in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Paddy Pimblett’s promotional debut was exciting, knocking out Luigi Vendramini after some early trouble to start the main card of UFC Vegas 36.

Paddy Pimblett’s coming out party in the UFC has been a long time coming. So of course, it couldn’t go off without some drama. The flamboyant Liverpool, England star has been likened to Conor McGregor, though stylistically, the two were worlds apart. But as a fellow Cage Warriors champion happy to self-promote, the similarity was enough.

However, in the lead-up to UFC Vegas 36, a visa snafu lead to reports that Pimblett was out of the fight. Only for matters to be cleared up seemingly overnight, much to the annoyance of Pimblett.

His opponent Saturday was Luigi Vendramini, a Brazilian fighter known as “The Italian Stallion” sporting a 1-2 record in the promotion.

Pimblett started off the fight landed a lot of kicks finding his range. Vendramini landed a massive left hand that snapped the head back of Pimblett. He took Pimblett down after that to land some ground and pound.

Pimblett quickly got back to his feet and recovered quite quickly. Vendramini kept bringing the heat but Pimblett was throwing right back. Pimblett did try to takedown Vendramini grabbing a single leg but couldn’t get it. There was not much time left on the clock as Pimblett landed a right hook that hurt Vendramini and had him backing up. The “Baddy” swarmed with an onslaught of output, firing rights and lefts along the fence. He sat Vendramini down and the ref stepped in for the dramatic finish.

Part of Pimblett’s pre-UFC hype was generated by his mouth and he met that hype after the fight. Pimblett claimed he’s the next big thing for the promotion and is ready to fight next weekend.

Paddy Pimblett def. Luigi Vendramini by TKO (Punches) in Round 1 (4:25)

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