Paddy Pimblett has made headlines as of late for more than his fights. His recent weight gain has Alexander Volkanovski chiming in.
Recently, between fights, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett has been known to blow up in weight. Paddys’ last bout was at the O2 arena in London, England, where ‘The Baddy” scored a rear-naked choke submission victory over grappling ace Jordan Leavitt. Since the bout on July 23rd, Paddy has ballooned to 90.7kg (200lbs), a staggering 20.4kg (45lbs) above his weight class.
Before Paddys’ match-up with Leavitt, he fought Rodrigo Vargas in March. Paddy made headlines about his weight between camps when he claimed he tipped the scales at nearly 93kg (205lbs). The heaviest he had ever walked around outside of camp. Fans and fighters alike have come forward about the unhealthy nature of his weight fluctuation. The most recent was UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.
Alexander Volkanovski Sympathizes With Paddy Pimblett
The current pound-for-pound king Alexander Volkanovski has a history of weight fluctuation himself. He once weighed a staggering 97kg (214lbs) while playing rugby for the Warilla-Lake South Gorillas in Australia. Now the king at 145lbs in the UFC, he could relate to Paddy’s weight fluctuation outside of fight camp.
“I used to do that,” Volkanovski told The AllStar. “Back in the days when you used to talk to me, when I would go and people see me win the PXC world title [at] featherweight. I’d go back to Thailand not even two weeks later and people are looking at me like, “How do you look like that? You were just here. What? It doesn’t make sense.”
“I used to weigh in at 65.8 [kilograms], 145, and within the week, so next weekend, 86 kilograms. I used to go from 145 to 190 in one week. It’s not healthy. It’s terrible. It blows my mind how his head just balloons like that, it’s quite funny.”
Are People Worrying or Shaming Pimblett?
It’s no doubt the Liverpool native enjoys his time away from the cage and indulging. But, the featherweight champion truly believes a lot of people are primarily concerned and want the best for him.
“Look, honestly, I hear about people fat shaming and all that type of stuff but I think there are a lot of people that probably care for his health as well because it ain’t health. I know because I’ve been in the same position.”
What do you think about Paddy’s weight fluctuation? Do You think it’s a problem like the featherweight champ suggests? Let us know in the comments below!
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