Paddy Pimblett To Undergo Ankle Surgery In March, Unlikely To Join UFC 286 Card In London

"The Baddy" may not be included in the UFC's return to London due to an ankle injury.

Paddy Pimblett Surgery
Paddy Pimblett Surgery - Image via @Paddythebaddy Youtube
  • Paddy Pimblett revealed he’s about to undergo ankle surgery in March
  • “The Baddy” may no longer be considered for UFC 286 in London

Despite being criticized for his UFC 282 victory over Jared Gordon, Paddy Pimblett is still who fans want to see when the UFC returns to London in March. However, that is now up in the air as “The Baddy” recently revealed that he is scheduled for ankle surgery around the same time.

It looks serious

Breaking the news in a recent video on his YouTube channel, Pimblett revealed he is undergoing ankle surgery in March following his latest visit to the doctor. In the video, “The Baddy” could be heard telling his doctor that he might’ve hurt his ankle when he landed a kick on Gordon’s face at one point in the first round.

“It must have been his face… [It] get into a sore right away in the first round,” Pimblett told his doctor.

“It looks like you have got a small amount of cartilage lost in this bit, and that’s exactly where you’re sore,” Pimblett’s doctor said as they review the examination. “The other thing you’ve got is all this white stuff around here. That’s all fluid, so that’s what all the swelling is. Now when we look at your ligaments that joints from your fibula, you probably got what we call a Grade 2 injury to that.”

Wrong timing

Needless to say, it’s a no-brainer for the UFC to inject Pimblett into the UFC 286 card taking place in London. But from the looks of it, the fan favorite might have to sit this one out until he fully heals up.

Pimblett has remained one of the biggest draws in the UFC at present. He has gone unbeaten in his first four trips to the Octagon. He finished all of his first three opponents before stealing a unanimous decision victory over Gordon at UFC 282 in December 2022.

Despite the strong start, “The Baddy” is still an unranked fighter in the lightweight division and some say he isn’t ready for a top-15 fighter yet.

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