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Paddy Pimblett sets Jared Gordon fight next for UFC 282 on December 10 in Las Vegas

UFC lightweight Paddy Pimblett continues to build momentum as he sets his next fight for December 10; Pimblett will take on Jared Gordon at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

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MMA fighter Paddy Pimblett has called for men to be more vocal about their mental health after a friend of his took his own life. Some viewers may find the content of this interview upsetting

MMA star Paddy Pimblett is set to face Jared Gordon next on December 10 in Las Vegas.

The two will meet in a lightweight contest at the T-Mobile Arena at UFC 282.

In just three UFC performances Liverpool's Pimblett has developed a cult following. In his last fight in July, Pimblett submitted Jordan Leavitt at a packed O2 Arena in London and generated an overwhelming response when he spoke candidly about mental health afterwards.

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Molly McCann discusses the struggles suffered by Paddy Pimblett in the build-up to UFC London and both stress the importance of mental health awareness

That was his second UFC event at the O2, Pimblett had also submitted Rodrigo Vargas there in March, and his second consecutive Performance of the Night Award.

Against Gordon in December Pimblett returns to Las Vegas where he made his UFC debut only in September of last year.

In contrast Gordon has been competing in the promotion since 2017 and has won seven of his 11 UFC appearances, most recently taking a unanimous decision victory over Leonardo Santos in August.

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Paddy Pimblett with the fake handshake on his UFC London opponent Jordan Leavitt at the weigh-ins

Pimblett has been targeting performing on this December bill.

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"Not just yet but over the next two or three fights I will become the biggest draw in UFC and that's a fact," he previously told Sky Sports News.

"Everyone's talking about me. Everyone wants to know me. Because I'm the boy!

"I always say it's special fighting in front of people. 99.99 per cent of the world will never know what it feels like to get in the cage and fight in front of people and entertain them. It's what I was put on this earth to do."

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