Pimblett won a tough decision over experienced Octagon counterpart Jared Gordon in the main event of UFC 282 on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gordon unleashed repeated hard left hooks that found Pimblett's iron like a magnet. Pimblett had his moments in the first round but often seemed to go down with little impact,
Pimblett improved to 20-3 as a pro and 4-0 in the UFC with three saves. Gordon dropped to 19-6 overall and has alternated wins and losses in his last four fights.
The crowd cheered as the verdict was read, but there seemed to be no belief that he had done enough to win it. He got it anyway, an early Christmas present.