UFC Fight Night 204 Sets An All-Time Record, Dana White Reveals Plans For Paddy Pimblett
The UFC’s return to London was a bigger success than some people may have thought.
UFC Fight Night 204 featured a stacked card that saw nine of the 12 bouts end in finishes. It became the highest-grossing fight night in the history of the UFC, International Business Times reported.
Of the nine finishes was headliner Tom Aspinall who submitted Alexander Volkov in the first round and rising star Paddy Pimblett who submitted Kazula Vargas via rear-naked choke also in the first round.
UFC President Dana White awarded $50,000 performance bonuses to all nine fighters who recorded a finish.
“They had already done all the bonuses and they were walking me through it and I was like, ‘F— it. I’m in such a good mood, give everybody a bonus,’” White said at the post-fight press conference.
“And they all deserved it,” he added.
“Tonight couldn’t have been a better night, you couldn’t write a better script. It couldn’t go any better than it did. The fights were awesome. Everybody fought their a– off. Kids who won, kids who lost.”
Though Saturday was Pimblett’s second bout with the UFC, it’s undeniable that the community has been entertained by the Englishman. Even White said that he could find himself in a main event soon.
“On my Instagram, I posted the faceoffs yesterday for the heavyweight fight [Aspinall vs. Volkov]. That did 120,000 views,” White told reporters post-fight.
“Paddy’s faceoff did 1.3 million. So all the talk going into the fight about his walkout and all this s—, listen, it’s real. This kid’s got a ton of hype behind him, and tonight, he showed everybody that he’s the real deal.”
“I don’t know. I mean, his numbers say yes. He could headline a Fight Night.”