This wasn’t in the script. Nobody expected Bristol’s Nad Narimani to win. Absolutely nobody expected Paddy Pimblett to lose.
This was a fight the Liverpool native was supposed to win on his way to the UFC, defending his featherweight title and keeping his billing as the next ‘Notorious One.’ One unanimous decision later and Nad Narimani has taken center stage, the bulked up and physically imposing fighter from the opposite end of the country.
It was a hard fight for both competitors, but the unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45) over five rounds was well deserved for the challenger.
What’s Next for Paddy Pimblett?
Probably the first chance he has had in a while to take stock, to refocus his training and become the fighter many commentators still expect him to be. For Nad, well, he can expect a Pimblett rematch offer.
What Front Wants to See? Brendan Loughnane.
Sometimes the promotions, like Cage Warriors and Tanko FC, need to come together and make the best MMA fights this country can offer. Brendan Loughnane is currently sitting right at the top of the European rankings, behind a certain Mr Pimblett. Although regaining his title is probably on the top of Pimblett’s priorities, surely a fight with Laughnane would attract more attention from the big show in the states?
Laughnane was an Ultimate Fighter semi finalist and would pose a huge question for Pimblett in the octagon, with the winner surely answering a call from the UFC. If not to come over then at the very least to get ready to do so.
CAGE WARRIORS 82: MAIN CARD RESULTS
Nad Narimani def Paddy Pimblett via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 50-45)
Nathaniel Wood def Vaughan Lee via TKO (punches), R2
Lee Chadwick def Tommy Quinn via submission (standing guillotine), R1
Frantz Slioa def Dean Trueman via submission (rear-naked choke), R1
Molly McCann def Lacey Schuckman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)