Paddy Pimblett was the name on Matt Frevola’s lips after scoring a career-best victory over longtime contender Drew Dober.
In the UFC 288 preliminary card fight at Prudential Center in Newark, Frevola dropped and stopped his opponent in the first round.
At the end of a fun round of standing rallies, the 32-year-old landed a huge right hand that dropped Dober who was never able to fully recover.
Frevola swarmed with a flurry of ground punches, prompting veteran referee Herb Dean to step in and give up the fight – but Dober immediately protested the stoppage.
However, when he got up and tried to prove he was fit to continue, he did the opposite as he looked seriously unsteady on his legs.
Dober is known to have a granite chin. Despite 12 losses in his 39 fight career, he has only ever been knocked out once before and that was in 2011.
After taking his recent winning record to 3-0 by beating 14e-ranked lightweight contender, Frevola has announced his intention to fight his way to the UFC 155-pound belt.
First he wants to have a fight with ‘The Baddy’.
“Look, Paddy Pimblett, you absolutely suck,” Frevola said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“Stop being ab**** and let’s fight! You’re on a four fight streak. I’m on a three fight streak. If you’re in the UFC you can’t pick your fights You have to fight who the fans want you to fight.
“Let’s go! Who wants to see Paddy Pimblett and ‘The Steamrolla?’
“Who wants it? Let’s go, brother. It is now!”
Unfortunately for fight fans, the timing is not right for Frevola against Pimblett as the British MMA star is currently sidelined after undergoing foot surgery.
The 28-year-old suffered the injury taking his perfect UFC record to 4-0 in a controversial win over Jared Gordon last December.
Pimblett recently suggested that the recovery process could keep him out of action for all of 2023, so Frevola may have to find someone else to fight next.
With a massive win added to his resume and a ranking next to his name, the American knockout artist will have no shortage of willing opponents in Pimblett’s absence.