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Rising star Paddy Pimblett will now co-main event UFC 282 tonight after the light heavyweight title rematch between Jiri Prochazka and Glover Teixeira was called off.
‘Paddy the Baddy’ was already preparing himself for the toughest test of his career on what is his pay-per-view debut in Las Vegas.
The Liverpool-born fan favourite is 3-0 in his UFC career so far and was looking for a statement victory in his fourth bout against 24-fight American veteran Jared Gordon.
That clash has now been elevated to the co-main event of UFC 282 after Jiri Prochazka suffered a serious shoulder injury that forced him to vacate his light heavyweight title.
Jan Blachowicz vs Magomed Ankalaev will now be the main clash for the vacant belt on the night while Pimblett will face Gordon in the chief warm-up.
Gordon boasts a 19-5 MMA record and has operated in the UFC’s featherweight and lightweight divisions since 2017 with a lot of success.
UFC 282 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 10 and is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The prelim action will start at 11pm for UK fans with the main card getting underway from 1am on Sunday morning. Pimblett vs Jared Gordon can then be expected at around 3am.
The action will be shown on BT Sport with their coverage starting at 1am.
talkSPORT will also have all the build-up and reaction to the event throughout fight week.
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You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
Subject to change
Early preliminary card
Pimblett admitted he’s not due to fight back on home soil for a long time following his rise to the top of UFC’s most desirable cards.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “I don’t think I’ll fight in the UK for a long time, I’m on pay-per-views from now on.
“Once the numbers from this pay-per-view come back, because I am the pay-per-view, we will see.
“But I doubt they’ll ever want me to fight on a UK card again.
“People are asking me if I’m going to fight in London, in March, in the O2. And I don’t know, I haven’t got a clue.
“Because you don’t know what happens in each fight, I could break my hand or break my foot or break my nose. But I am going to Thailand in January, so I might not fight on that.”
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