Midnight Mania! Paddy Pimblett returns vs. Kazula Vargas at UFC London

    Welcome to Midnight Mania!

    As it just so happens, fighter management sometimes does know a bit about its clientsโ€™ future. Just a couple days ago, UFC President Dana White announced that Paddy Pimblett would return to action vs. Jared Gordon, but the managers of both men shot down that statement. While it is true that Pimblett will fight on March 19 in London, England, MMA Latino America Fight Club has revealed Kazula Vargas as his opponent.

    The average fight fan could be forgiven for not remembering the name. The 36-year-old Lightweight holds a professional record of 12-4, but heโ€™s picked up just a single win on the UFC roster. That victory did come in his last bout, a unanimous decision nod over Zhu Rong in April 2021. Perhaps the most notable moment of his UFC career thus far came in the form of an illegal knee that slept Brok Weaver, which ultimately resulted in a disqualification loss.

    Pimblett, meanwhile, has a good bit of hype behind him as one of Englandโ€™s top Lightweight prospects. The former Cage Warriors champ is 1-0 inside the Octagon, so perhaps Vargas is a very measured step in competition for him, rather than the more significant leap that Gordon would have represented. Either way, there are no โ€œgimmeโ€ fights in the UFC, and Vargas definitely has the punching power and wrestling to test โ€œThe Baddy.โ€

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