Paddy the Baddy Opens as Betting Favorite in Return at UFC London

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  • Paddy Pimblett opens as -400 betting favorite versus former Contender Series standout Jordan Leavitt.
  • At +330, this marks the first time in Leavitt’s UFC career where he’s opened as the betting underdog in a UFC bout.
  • Pimblett and Leavitt will fight at UFC London on July 23.

Paddy the Baddy will be the betting favorite once again when he returns to action at UFC London on July 23.

According to the best UFC betting sites, Pimblett opened at -400 odds for his next fight against Contender alumnus Jordan Leavitt. Leavitt meanwhile opened at +330 odds:

Pimblett Chokes Out Kazula Vargas

The rising British MMA star won Performance of the Night honors during the UFC’s first London event of the year last March when he submitted Kazula Vargas inside one round. The win was the second straight for Pimblett inside the UFC Octagon after he knocked out Luigi Vendramini in his UFC debut at UFC Vegas 36 last September 4, 2021. Pimblett also won Performance of the Night honors in that bout.

A former featherweight champion at the Cage Warriors promotion, the 27-year-old from Liverpool, England is also a former Full Contact Contender featherweight champion with one successful title defense. Pimblett joined the UFC last year. The Baddy has an overall record of 18-3 with six knockouts and eight submission victories. He has won four straight bouts, all via fist round stoppage since suffering a unanimous decision loss to Soren Bak when he fought for the Cage Warriors lightweight title at Cage Warriors 96.

Pimblett will be the betting underdog in a third consecutive UFC appearance. He has also opened with his shortest ever odds inside the OFC Octagon at -400 versus Leavitt. The Baddy has never seen the plus money sign written next to his name/

Leavitt Upsets Trey Ogden via Decision

Leavitt meanwhile picked up a second consecutive victory inside the UFC Octagon. The 26-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada eked out a split decision victory by upsetting Trey Ogden at UFC Vegas 51. Prior to that bout, Leavitt submitted Matt Sayles inside two rounds at UFC Vegas 45 last December 18th.

An Alumnus of the Contender Series, Leavitt earned his UFC contract by submitting Jose Flores in the 27th Contender event in August 2020. He knocked out Matt Wiman in a Performance of the Night-winning effort at UFC Vegas 16 in his promotional debut with the UFC before losing to Claudio Pulles in his second UFC bout. Overall, Leavitt is 10-1 with one knockout and six submission victories.

This marks the first time in five UFC bouts where Leavitt has opened as a betting underdog inside the Octagon. He has however closed as the betting underdog once before and that was during his last fight against Ogden. In that bout, Leavitt opened as the -155 favorite but closed at +135 odds.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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