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Midnight Mania! Paddy Pimblett vs. Ottman Azaitar rumored for UFC London

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It may be time for Paddy to stop being so fatty. Per a report from FirstSportz, UFC is rumored to be targeting Paddy Pimblett vs. Ottman Azaitar for its return to London, England, on July 23, 2022.

It hasn’t taken long for Pimblett to build a name for himself inside the Octagon. The brash finisher has charisma outside the cage and pair of first-round finishes inside it, which has helped him build a considerable fan base. At the first UFC London event, the crowd went absolutely nuts for “The Baddy,” but Pimblett has explained recently that he’s not interested in competing until he’s compensated for his stardom.

Perhaps that obstacle has been overcome?

Either way, Azaitar is a step up for the English prospect. The 32-year-old German is undefeated (13-0) with a pair of first round knockouts wins in UFC, but he’s perhaps better known for his antics outside the cage. Azaitar was released for breaking UFC “Fight Island” security protocol, but he was ultimately forgiven and allowed another chance ... despite never explaining his side of the controversy.

The second UFC London event is shaping up to be a big deal. Headlined by Tom Aspinall vs. Curtis Blaydes, the night will also feature a Light Heavyweight clash between Paul Crag and Volkan Oezdemir, as well as the return of Molly McMann.

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.