At UFC 282, Michael Bisping is advising Paddy Pimblett not to underestimate Jared Gordon.
Pimblett, who is 19-3 overall and 3-0 in the UFC, will be making his debut appearance in a pay-per-view event on December 10 when he meets Gordon, who is 19-5 overall and 7-4 in the UFC.
With a perfect 3-0 record inside the cage, Pimblett anticipated a fast knockout over Gordon, but Bisping is skeptical.
“I think it might be a tougher matchup than what Paddy thinks,” Bisping said.
“I think Paddy potentially is underestimating him. Now when I say underestimating him, I don’t mean that he’s taking it easy, and he’s kicking back in training, and he’s not pushing himself to the limit, and all the rest of it. Paddy has got eyes on being the champion. Paddy is pushing himself to the absolute goddamn limit because the opponent right now isn’t Jared Gordon. The opponent is the mission.
“The opponent is this journey, this wave that he wants to ride toward being a UFC champion, a legend in the sport, a Hall of Famer, and of course, retiring with millions and millions and millions of dollars in the bank – as I say, being a legend. He’s not underestimating or undertraining, should I say, but he might be mentally underestimating. He says he’s going to knock him out in the first round. I don’t know about that. I honestly don’t think he will knock him out inside the first round, but this is going to be a tough fight. Jared Gordon’s no walk in the park.”