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Farah Hannoun and Ken Hathaway

Matt Frevola wants Paddy Pimblett in London ‘even if he gets smoked’ by Jared Gordon

NEW YORK – Whether Paddy Pimblett wins or loses his next fight, Matt Frevola is eyeing him next.

Frevola (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) scored his second straight first-round knockout when he bounced Ottman Azaitar out of the ranks of the unbeaten this past Saturday at UFC 281.

It was a career-defining moment for Frevola, but he’d like to top that with a finish of Pimblett. “The Baddy” meets Jared Gordon at UFC 282 on Dec. 10, and Frevola hopes they can get matched up for the rumored U.K. pay-per-view card in March.

“When I knock out Paddy in London, that’ll be the best moment,” Frevola told reporters at the UFC 281 post-fight press conference. “Honestly, Paddy’s got a tough fight. Jared Gordon is very good, but win lose or draw, even if Paddy goes out there and gets smoked by Jared, I want to fight Paddy in London.”

Frevola admits that part of the lure of fighting Pimblett (19-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is all the attention that comes with fighting such a notable name.

“I love that atmosphere that he brings to the fight game,” Frevola said. “It’s electric. He’s the way Conor McGregor was coming up, he brings such an atmosphere to the fight, it’s amazing and he’s a great fighter. I think me and him will go out there and bang and put on a great fight for the fans.”

He continued, “Maybe I rock him and knock him out and finish him, maybe we wrestle and we do a little grappling. I love to grapple as well. He’s a well-rounded mixed martial artist as well, so am I, so I think it’ll be a fun fight everywhere.”

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 281.

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