Paddy Pimblett looks unrecognisable in fresh-faced throwback alongside UFC icon

A fresh-faced Paddy Pimblett looks unrecognisable without his iconic blonde locks in a throwback picture with UFC legend Bruce Buffer.

The Octagon's resident Baddy has shared a snap of himself alongside Buffer from 2011, when he was just 16 years old, ahead of his next outing against Jared Gordon at UFC 282 in Las Vegas next month on December 10.

Taking to Instagram, Pimblett wrote: "11 years ago this week I met @brucebufferufc in Birmingham after the ufc and I told him in years to come you’ll be announcing my name in vegas… and in five weeks he will @ufc 282 when I blow the roof of the gaff once again!"

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Buffer saw his post and replied: "So awesome to see! @theufcbaddy has always his eyes on the prize."

Pimblett will be making his pay-per-view debut at the T-Mobile Arena in what will be his fourth fight for the UFC. The former Cage Warriors champion has beat Luigi Vendramini, Rodrigo Vargas and Jordan Leavitt in Dana White's promotion so far.

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He's earned the Performance of the Night bonus in all three of those fights, but American Gordon will provide a much stiffer test. The 34-year-old is a far more experienced opponent, boasting an 11-4 record in the UFC.

Gordon also fought No. 1 lightweight contender Charles Oliveira in 2019, losing by way of knockout inside one round. Although he'll enter as the underdog against Pimblett, he's no stranger to overcoming adversity – as he beat a drug addiction to make it in MMA.

In a 2017 interview, Gordon revealed that he had overdosed three times, the last of which left him legally dead for two minutes. He said: "I overdosed three times. I was facing 25 years to life at one point. I’ve been homeless, panhandling, I’ve been to psych wards."

Pimblett, meanwhile, is looking a lot slimmer with the fight just weeks away. The Liverpudlian bulked up to 200lbs after his last fight in July, 45lbs more than he tips the scales at.

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