Paddy Pimblett’s first MMA defeat was 35-second shock loss to Brit cut from UFC

Paddy Pimblett is gearing up for another huge UFC fight on Saturday night as he takes on Jordan Leavitt at the O2 Arena.

Pimblett bared his backside at the weigh-in ahead of the clash and offered a message to those who doubted he could make the weight – "kiss my a***."

Pimblett, 27, is returning to the octagon for the first time since his impressive win over Rodrigo Vargas in March and has shed 50lbs in weight following his success over Vargas after going on an 11,000-calorie binge and dubbing himself 'Paddy the fatty.'

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Pimblett has become a success in MMA with a fight record of 18 wins and three losses but his first ever loss was against a novice who beat him in 35 seconds back on October 5, 2013.

Cameron Else was a former paratrooper who had brushes with the law and was living out of his car.

Back in 2011 he was handed 100 hours of unpaid community work and a curfew – but has had no further legal run-ins in the last decade, having dedicated his life to MMA and his children.

Else's out-of-the-ordinary route into MMA began after watching UFC action with fellow paras while on tour in Afghanistan, and the sport became a way for him to stay out of trouble after he was taken off frontline duty after losing his hearing during an exercise on tour.

Else, now 35, with a fight record of nine wins and six losses, beat Pimblett in his second ever fight.

At the time of their meeting, Pimblett was an undefeated amateur with a perfect professional record of 4-0, but was finished by Else with an Anaconda choke after just 35 seconds of the first round.

After his surprise victory Else said: "All the hype was around him because my pro debut went the way it did, after which I even thought about retiring because I wasn't in a good place.

"But I smashed Paddy and I do believe that we will meet again. We've spoken a few times and I've always offered him that rematch.

"At the minute Paddy doesn't really gain anything from fighting me, I'd gain much more from beating him again, so that's something that will happen down the line.

"I wish him all the best because I can sense a sort of Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor story in the future, but just know that if I do fight him again this time I will knock him out, clean."


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