Crowd favourite Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett disclosed his UFC London pay-out after blowing the roof of the O2 Arena in London Saturday past.
The Paddy Pimblett show definitely lived up to the hype, with fans from all over the United Kingdom making the trip to watch the Scouser in action. Despite being arguable the biggest draw on the card, and receiving the biggest pop from the fans, the pay-check Pimblett received didn’t accommodate that.
What Did Paddy Pimblett Make at UFC London?
The lightweight superstar disclosed in an interview with Barstool Sports that he pocketed just $24,000 after dismantling Kazula Vargas in the first-round.
“Twelve and 12,” Pimblett said. “No, yeah, 12 and 12, so 12 to show and 12 to win.”
Paddy Pimblett is being touted as the next big “cash cow” for the UFC, and Saturday night was clear to see why. The Liverpool lad’s first two bouts under the organisation have created a buzz that UFC fans haven’t seen since the rise of Conor McGregor. The London event this past Saturday broke many records with a $4.5 million gate, which marked the most The O2 Arena’s history. UFC president Dana White told media afterwards that the special event was the biggest UFC Fight Night of all time. A large part of that was down to Paddy Pimblett.
In addition to the $24,000 Pimblett banked, the twenty-seven-year-old also earned a $50,000 bonus for the performance.
Pimblett Talks UFC Contract
Pimblett knew how the UFC contract system works and expected the numbers to increase as the opposition got tougher.
“It goes up after every fight, but you’re in a contract, so it’s whenever they want to offer me a new one, they offer me a new one,” Pimblett said. “So it’s just one of those things.”
Dana White was more than impressed with not only the performance of Pimblett but also the social media numbers he generated before the fight, labelling him the “real deal”.
“I’ll give you an example,” White said. “On my Instagram, I posted the faceoffs yesterday for the heavyweight fight [Aspinall vs. Volkov]. Did 120,000 views. 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.”
“His numbers say yes — he could headline a Fight Night [next],” White added.
Paddy Pimblett’s interview with teammate Molly McCann can be found below.
Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann Interview
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