Paddy Pimblett is a mixed martial artist and UFC fighter who has been fighting since the age of 16. He talks about his life before he became famous, how fame changed him and what it’s like to be fighting in Liverpool after making his debut in the UFC.
This week’s special guest on MOTDx is Paddy Pimblett.
Paddy Pimblett’s UFC debut, which took place earlier this month, was impressive to say the least.
From the haircut to the post-fight interview, ‘The Baddy’ delivered on his promise of a first-round win.
The Englishman, who is 26 years old, has declared his intention to “take over” the UFC, referring to himself as “the new cash cow” and “the main guy on the roster.”
He’ll be a guest on MOTDx this week, selecting a Liverpool XI comprising the finest players he’s seen.
Before that, we spoke with him about his long-awaited UFC debut, calling people “sausages” and “lizards,” and why loyalty is so important to him.
On MOTDx, Pimblett (left) discusses Liverpool’s chances, stating, “I believe we’ll win the league.”
‘It would have ended in tears if I had signed with UFC years ago.’
Though Pimblett’s international fame is new to him, he has long been a fan favorite in the fight community, especially in his hometown of Merseyside.
He won the Cage Warriors featherweight title, which had previously been held by the great Conor McGregor, when he was 21 years old. It created a lot of anticipation.
His career has seen its ups and downs, including losing the championship against Nad Narimani in his hometown in 2017.
He also turned down the chance to compete in the UFC twice before accepting this year.
Is he certain that his choice to wait was justified by his first-round victory against Luigi Vendramini of Brazil?
“Everything was perfectly timed,” he adds firmly, adding, “It would have ended in tears if I had signed years earlier.”
“I’m certain that if I make a little money and get a little notoriety, my head won’t fall off. I accomplished it when I won my first world championship at the age of 21 and began to believe I was the boy.”
‘It was much sweeter since it wasn’t a perfect victory.’
Pimblett had previously been known as a grappler, but he proved in his UFC debut that he can also box.
And his celebration, which included screaming “who can’t punch?” to people outside the cage, showed he intended to make a statement.
Teddy Atlas, who worked with former world champion boxers Barry McGuigan and Alexander Povetkin, praised Pimblett’s ability to rebound from an early Vendramini blow and pound his way to victory.
It was a prized possession for Pimblett.
He describes him as a “legend.” “It feels wonderful when individuals like that give you credit.”
“It was much better for me since it wasn’t perfect – but that’s simply my job. To get me to wake up, I usually say I need to be hit in the face.”
And Pimblett’s abrasive demeanor is all part of the game.
He adds, “I can’t help myself.” “Even in the gym, my instructors advise me to keep my chin down, yet I constantly end myself in scrapes.”
“I like hitting people in the face and being punched in the face, and I know that it’s entertaining to watch. I’ll keep doing what I’m doing.”
Paddy Pimblett of the United Kingdom shares his tale ahead of the UFC Fight Pass debut.
At the present, every day is a cheat day.
Before his UFC debut, Pimblett was in the greatest condition of his life, but he enjoys a sweet treat, and he’s been indulging in it since then.
He replies, “You want to see the food I’ve been storing aside.”
“I’ve been eating around 5-6,000 calories a day, maybe even 7-8,000 calories a day, dining out twice a day and then having ice creams, bubble waffles, and brownies,” she says.
However, he is certain that the healthy habit would resume shortly.
“I’ll be fighting again before the end of the year,” he adds, “so as long as I allow myself time to lose weight, it’ll be OK.”
Observations on his hair
Fighting in the UFC has had a significant effect on Pimblett’s profile, and he hasn’t had to look far to notice it.
After a squabble with a fan, his Instagram account was suspended before fight week, but since then, he’s seen a surge in interest.
“I have almost 600,000 fans after only one battle,” he adds. “I was on 30,000, if that, at the start of fight week.”
A slew of memes have also poured in, many of which focus on his hair.
What does Pimblett think about everything?
He exclaims, “I adore it.” “The one that made me chuckle the most was when someone remarked I looked like a peasant from the 15th century who had weathered a hard winter. That one made me laugh.”
referring to humans as “lizards” and “sausages”
Another element of Pimblett’s personality that may have won him new fans is his fondness for snarky comments.
When asked about YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, Pimblett referred to him as a “sausage.” external-link
When Megan O’Livi of the UFC asked him who he wanted to fight next, he reacted by threatening Instagram, stating, “Give me my account back, you lizards.”
O’Livi is the one who coined the phrase.
“When I realized she’d posted it, I was laughing my head off,” Pimblett adds.
Sausages, lizards… What exactly does it all imply?
“Don’t we scouts say strange things?” he asks. “I’m a sucker for odd insults like’sausage’ or’mushroom.’
“Saying to someone, ‘You’re a mushroom,’ doesn’t make any sense.”
‘We take care of our own.’
Since he was a youth, Pimblett has trained at the same gym with the same squad.
The same may be said about his personal life. He’s been with his fiancée, who is from the same Liverpool neighborhood as him, for ten years.
“You can see my girlfriend’s mother’s bathroom window from my ma’s bedroom window,” he adds.
“It’s just six doors away. And now, just across the block, we’ve put our own home together.”
It’s all about being a part of a community.
He replies, “That’s what we do in this city.” “We take care of our own.”