Paddy Pimblett reflects on debut victory at UFC Vegas 36: ‘This is my destiny’

The successful UFC debut of Paddy Pimblett at UFC Vegas 36 may only be the beginning.

Paddy Pimblett delivered in his highly hyped UFC debut, scoring a first-round TKO of Luigi Vendramini at UFC Vegas 36.

It didn’t come without some issues, however, as Pimblett was shaken up twice by left hooks from Vendramini and appeared to be open to being finished. But he shook off the cobwebs and managed to clip Vendramini with a right before dropping and finishing him with a flurry of strikes in the closing minute of round one.

“That or run out in five seconds, get a flying knee like Masvidal. But yeah, that was perfect. Showed everyone I can overcome adversity as well because [he caught me] with a nice left hook. I need to stop letting people punch me in the face, lad. I want to put on too much of a show, so I just put my hands down and get into firefights with people. I do it in the gym; [my] coaches all moan at me for it. ‘What are you doing? Put your hands up!’ I can’t help myself; I love fighting.”

Pimblett, whose primary fighting style is in grappling and jiu-jitsu, acknowledged that such a strategy can backfire and his debut was nearly spoiled tonight. But such a thought was not on his mind; only positive vibes were, confident in the impact he will make in the UFC.

Paddy Pimblett considers his debut victory at UFC Vegas 36 ‘perfect’

“It was never going to go wrong. This is my destiny,” Pimblett said. “I’m the new kid on the block, love. I told you the other day, we’re gonna get a first-round finish. People think I’m a grappler. I’ve just shut everyone up. I can strike, I can grapple I can wrestle, I’ve got the personality, I’ve got the look. The new king is here, lad.”

Pimblett, the former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, turned down deals with the UFC twice before, feeling he wasn’t ready for the Octagon. He thought he blew his chance following a lightweight title loss to Soren Bak, but he bounced back with a pair of victories over Decky Dalton and Davide Martinez to earn a UFC contract.

And now that he’s here in the UFC, Pimblett says he’s ready to take on all comers and continue to show why he was considered a highly hyped name heading into this first UFC performance.

“I’ll never say no to a fight,” Pimblett said. “I’m not a b**** a**. Whatever name you got to put somebody on the contract like I want to shine it and I want to fight them.”

UFC Vegas 36 took place on Sept. 4, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

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