MMA Preview – Luigi Vendramini vs Paddy Pimblett at UFC Vegas 36

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LUIGI VENDRAMINI VS PADDY PIMBLETT FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 36? Saturday 4th September, 2021 -19:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 36? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 36? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 36 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 36? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

LUIGI VENDRAMINI VS PADDY PIMBLETT LOWDOWN

Luigi Vendramini (9-2) was hot property in 2018, unbeaten with four knockouts and submissions to his name. He was obviously desperate for his UFC debut of just has a huge pair on him as he accepted a fight on two week’s notice and moved up to welterweight to fight Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. He ended up eating a flying knee on his way to suffering his first knockout and loss however, he bounced back in true Vendramini fashion with a blistering knockout over Jessin Ayari. He then met Fares Ziam in June but lost a majority decision to suffer his second loss.

Paddy Pimblett (16-3) finally makes his UFC debut after rejecting a couple offers. The Cage Warriors star has only lost twice in his last 14 fights. The first of those came against Nad Narimani (2017) losing a unanimous decision. He responded with an incredible flying triangle on Alexis Savvidis (2018) but then lost another unanimous decision, this time to Soren Bak (2018). However, he is back on a winning march with a TKO over Decky Dalton (2020) and his seventh submission over Davide Martinez five months ago.

LUIGI VENDRAMINI VS PADDY PIMBLETT PREDICTION

They both have a variety of finishes in the bank, but this should turn into a striker vs grappler match-up. Pimblett is confident on the feet, but Vendramini is a lot more threatening. He can be reckless, but he possesses a lot of power and has killer instinct.

Pimblett will be there to hit and if he tests his ego on the feet, Vendramini will dominate the exchanges and will keep tagging the scouser until he falls. So, expect Pimblett to throw a few flashy strikes, but as soon as he gets hit, he will shoot for the takedown.

Pimblett is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and needs to get the fight to the floor. Vendramini is also a quality grappler so it will be exciting to see them tangle on the mat.

On paper, Vendramini should have the edge here, but this will be a very even scrap unless Pimblett decides to stand for three rounds. As the Brazilian is the underdog, he is a great bet.

Prediction: Vendramini via Decision - CLICK HERE FOR PARIMATCH'S WELCOME OFFER (BET £5, GET £30 IN BONUSES!)

Value Bet: Vendramini via KO/TKO or Submission

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