UFC London 2022 Weigh-in LIVE: Latest updates as Paddy The Baddy, Tom Aspinall and other fighters hit the scales

Each fighter successfully weighed in this morning ahead of Saturday’s UFC London card, which comes just four months after MMA promotion last visited the English capital.

Liverpudlian fan favorite Paddy Pimblett, who is known to gain weight between fights, was among the names to tip the scales, as was headliner Tom Aspinall, who is preparing for a heavyweight duel with Curtis Blaydes. While “Paddy The Baddy” and lightweight opponent Jordan Leavitt traded barbs on Wednesday’s media day, Wigan fighter Aspinall and American Blaydes have been cordial to one another so far. Elsewhere, Pimblett’s fellow Scouser Molly McCann will be in action on Saturday, while former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson brings added prestige to the card at the O2 Arena.

Meanwhile, Jack Hermansson takes on American Chris Curtis in the co-main event, filling in for injured Liverpool’s Darren Till to take on the Swedish-born Norwegian. After attending the official weigh-ins at Canary Wharf this morning, the fighters will attend the ceremonial weigh-ins later in the day when fans gather to cheer them on at the O2. Follow live updates from the official and ceremonial UFC London weigh-ins below.

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UFC 280 Press Conference LIVE

We’re on-site at the O2 Arena for this last-minute UFC 280 press conference ahead of the UFC London weigh-in ceremony, featuring Charles Oliveira, Sean O’Malley and Belal Muhammad.

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UFC London: Paddy Pimblett on weight loss

Paddy Pimblett has lost 18 pounds in two weeks, from 173 pounds to 156 pounds.

The Liverpool native typically sheds up to 16 pounds during fight week, with a maximum of 10 pounds shed from the night before the weigh-in to the moment he steps on the scale.

“This week [when he vomited] I had to lose 12 kg from Monday to Friday,” says Pimblett BBC Sport remembers his past struggles. “I think I’ve started my cut [before the weigh-in day] at 74.2 kg (164 lb), so I had to lose 8.4 kg (19 lb) to gain weight overnight. And I made it. Very unhealthy, very unprofessional, but I managed.

“Now I’m doing it very healthy, like a pro. I have a nutritionist who is responsible for the changes my body has made over the past few years.

“I used to be a fighter, but now I’m also an athlete, so it’s all down to him and my food prep team, my pro chef. Without her my life would be so much harder.”

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UFC London: Will Aspinall play it safe in points win over Blaydes?

Aspinall faces his toughest test yet but his career and performances to date suggest he will be able to use his versatile skillset to find a way past Blaydes.

All three of Blaydes’ professional losses were by KO, although all were against players stronger than Aspinall (once Derrick Lewis and twice Francis Ngannou).

The American has a grappling advantage, so expect Aspinall to keep the fight going and don’t be surprised if he trumps Blaydes; If the Brit is to stop the tourist, it’s likely to be done with voluminous punches rather than a one-punch KO.

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UFC London: Paddy faces a smashing KO win?

Pimblett is up against his most dangerous opponent yet and the Liverpool native has been in worrying positions in his two UFC games – particularly when he was dropped in his most recent fight.

As such, Paddy The Baddy’s “Scousers don’t get knocked out” claim feels like it’ll come back to haunt him one day, but Leavitt has found most of his wins by submission.

Therefore, in the clashes here, the American will pose the greatest threat. If Pimblett can make the fight a flashy affair, he may well post a scrappy knockout like he did in his UFC debut. However, he also has a significant number of submission wins, so sticking with the strike would be a tactic influenced by his advantage in that area – not because of any grappling disadvantage.

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UFC London odds at a glance

Aspinall – 4/6; Blaydes-11/10

Pimblett—4/11; Leavitt—15/8

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Predictions from UFC London

Saturday night marks the UFC’s second trip to London in just four months, with the event’s dazzling March edition forcing the flagship mixed martial arts promotion to make a speedy return.

Tom Aspinall, Paddy Pimblett and a host of British fighters secured victories at UFC London in March, sending the O2 Arena into a frenzy on a night that broke Fight Night and O2 Arena records.

Aspinall’s submission by Alexander Volkov in the first round tonight has earned him another main event spot this Saturday, with Curtis Blaydes set to face the British heavyweight in the Octagon in what could be a fight for a No. 1 contender crown.

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Charles Oliveira offers to start the fight against Islam Makhachev on the ground

This one has some spice: “I’m not afraid of being taken down.”

Charles Oliveira says a good game ahead of his clash with Islam Makhachev.

“I go to his house where they wanted the fight, where they think they’re going to beat me,” Oliveira said on the podcast MMA Fighting Trocacao Franca. “I know I’m the biggest problem in this division. Nobody is stupid, right? Every guy that Islam has fought was a striker and he brought them down and I’ve gone toe to toe with every man I’ve fought and just brought them down to make things to get going after I injured her feet. Islam fights against the worst problem of division, Charles Oliveira.

“Do you want to start the fight on the ground? I start playing guard. I won’t mind. Again, I’m telling everyone, I’m the department’s biggest problem and you don’t understand. I don’t care who it is or when it is. If you want to trade on your feet, come on, I’ve got firepower in my hands. If you want to bring me down, do it.”

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UFC 280 Press Conference

Let’s go, the presser is about to come up.

That should be good.

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UFC 280 Press Conference LIVE

The first press conference for UFC 280 takes place today, while Charles Oliveira and Sean O’Malley travel to London for a preview of October’s Abu Dhabi seismic fight map.

At the UFC 280 main event in three months, Oliveira will fight Islam Makhachev for the vacant lightweight title, while O’Malley faces his biggest test yet at bantamweight when he takes on former champion Petr Yan. Elsewhere on the card, Belal Muhammad meets Sean Brady at welterweight and Muhammad will join Oliveira and Makhachev at the O2 Arena today ahead of the celebratory weigh-in for UFC London, which takes place on Saturday.

Oliveira was stripped of the UFC lightweight title for lack of weight in May, a day before his scheduled defense against Justin Gaethje. The Brazilian submitted Gaethje in the first round but was not eligible to regain the belt, instead establishing himself as the No. 1 contender. Now one of the UFC’s most popular young fighters, O’Malley’s increasingly tough duties in the ring have suddenly given way to a huge match with ex-champ Yan. Oliveira vs Makhachev, O’Malley vs Yan and Muhammad vs Brady were all announced this week and three of those fighters will preview their upcoming bouts this afternoon.

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UFC London weighs in LIVE

Paddy Pimblett always stands out when he has a microphone in his hand. Here’s what he had to say about his opponent Jordan Leavitt on Wednesday:

“He talked all kinds of shit, boy. He’s an absolute Cancer, he’s an absolute idiot. He can’t throw a punch to save his life. He’s trying to surpass me, but no one is weirder than me.

‘My grandma is dead and she would finish him off. I’ll come out and take his head off, I’ll come to take his chin home. I will not shoot takedowns.

“He doesn’t go into fights to win, he tries not to lose. This might be the first time someone actually fucks themselves in the Octagon.

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