Paddy Pimblett is currently one of, if not the biggest draw in terms of talent within the UK MMA scene; and has lately weighed in on getting in the octagon multiple times a year. Unfortunately, those who want to see him in there regularly will be saddened to learn it’s not looking on the cards currently.
Pimblett has a loud, infectious personality, and whether he’s your favourite fighter or not, you certainly know who he is. When Pimblett makes headlines, people want to know why. He undeniably knows how to get your attention. When you consider how early he is into his UFC tenure, it’s incredible how much people are aware of his presence. No matter if you’re a fighter or a fan, you’ll know who he is.
Paddy Pimblett in the UFC
“The Baddy” started quite slow in both of his fights so far to turn it around and finish dominantly on each occasion. On his debut, he took on Luigi Vendramini, where he was clipped a couple of times early in the first round, though he turned it around after landing some huge shots and leaving Vendramini slumped up against the Octagon. In his latest venture back, he faced Rodrigo Vargas, where Pimblett was taken down and roughed up for the first part of the round before making it back to his feet, beautifully throwing Vargas onto the mat and finishing him with an RNC. With both UFC finishes coming in the first round, it’s no wonder that everyone is asking when he is going to make a return. Maybe when the UFC returns to London in July? We shall see.
Pimblett recently signed a lucrative deal with Barstool Sports, apparently a 7-figure contract. So it’s no wonder he isn’t looking to fight so much, with his current UFC deal landing him 12k to show and 12k to win, making a huge amount away from the Octagon.
Pimblett Feat on The Food Truck Diaries
Lately, Paddy went onto Brendan Schaub’s Food Truck Diaries and discussed his future and what his activity in the UFC will be like in the future. He went on to say, “That’s including me. I make more money outside of the Octagon. It makes me laugh when people are commenting on my stuff and things saying, “He’s not active enough, he doesn’t fight enough, he should be fighting four times a year”. Why? Why should I fight four times a year? Give me a reason when I’m earning more outside of the cage than when I am in it.”
Whilst on the show, Paddy was in his “between camp status”, sporting more weight than he does on fight night, and is not shy about letting everyone know how much he loves food in between camps.
I wonder how frequently he will end up fighting and how soon he will be back? Whilst I’m sure we all want to see him back, it’s understandable why he is not in any particular rush. What do you guys think?
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