Paddy Pimblett has burst onto the UFC scene like Conor McGregor – but has a long way to go

The attention Pimblett has received since signing with the UFC has drawn comparisons to the promotion’s biggest star in McGregor

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Paddy Pimblett has unsurprisingly drawn comparisons Conor McGregor after garnering a surge of attention with just two UFC wins.

Pimblett picked up his second win in the promotion last weekend when he survived an early fear of subduing Kazula Vargas in London. The event will go down in British MMA history after raking in a $4.5 million gate and being billed as the biggest fight night in promotional history.

These record-breaking numbers are a testament to Pimblett’s star power after just two fights in the promotion. His meteoric rise is similar to that of McGregor, who took the UFC by storm in 2013 before winning world titles in two different weight classes.

So let’s take a look at how Pimblett got to this point…

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Born and raised in Liverpool, Pimblett attended an all-boys school attended by several other top Liverpool athletes such as Steven Gerrard and David Price. He admitted that he didn’t like school and used to often sell sweets and drinks to make money.

Pimblett first stumbled into MMA while watching UFC 103 in 2009 when Vitor Belfort knocked out Rich Franklin. Motivated by what he saw, Pimblett explained how he immediately went jogging in the early hours of the morning and was keen to get into the sport.

“The first one I stayed up live was Belfort vs. Franklin, Belfort knocked him out in about a minute and then I went jogging,” he said James English. “I joined Next Gen on January 20th, 2010 and as they say the rest is history.”

When he first entered the Next Generation MMA gym in Liverpool as a skinny 14-year-old, Pimblett admitted he was severely beaten by a woman in Thai boxing. His trainers quickly realized that while Pimblett had no experience, he excelled at Brazilian jiu-jitsu and had a natural talent for grappling.

Paddy Pimblett submitted Kazula Vargas to UFC London

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Pimblett, who won 9-0 as an amateur, turned pro in 2012 as a 17-year-old, winning his debut by first-round KO. After a flying triangle submission win and another knockout, he was signed to top British promoted Cage Warriors just a year later.

He suffered the first loss of his MMA career two fights in his stint with Cage Warriors after being submitted by Cameron Else in 35 seconds. The loss redeemed Fire under Pimblett’s belly as he won back-to-back bantamweight bouts before rising to 145 pounds to win his featherweight debut.

Pimblett had a brief hiatus for another promotion in the UK at Full Contact Contender, winning his first world title as a pro and defending it just three months later.

The UFC approached Pimblett the following year after he returned to Cage Warriors and won the vacant featherweight title. He admitted he turned down the promotion as with only 12 fights he didn’t feel ready for promotion in the competition.

Pimblett has never regretted his decision except when he lost to Soren Bak in 2018. He admitted he was at the lowest point of his career following the loss, having to have surgery on his hand which put his fighting career in jeopardy, but three years later the UFC would come knocking again.

Early UFC Career

Next week marks a year from the date Pimblett was signed with the UFC. the Covid-19 The pandemic delayed his debut, but when given the chance, Pimblett wasted no time in making a statement, taking down Luigi Vendramini, with his post-fight interview also going viral.

Reflecting on his decision to turn down the UFC’s offer six years ago, Pimblett admitted he was just a “kid” when the promotion first surfaced, and he was glad he didn’t sign with them .

“I’m glad I never took the first offer when I was 21,” he said metro. Maybe I got beat up by men. I was just a kid then. I still had a small body, no muscles at all. I still looked like I just got out of school. A lot of people mature younger, but I only matured about a year, two years ago. That was when I had my last growth spurt. I’m finally a man now.

Pimblett was called out by several fighters like Ilia Topuria and Ottman Azaitar after his last win. It’s unclear when “The Baddy” will fight again, but after not suffering any serious injuries against Vargas, he could be back sooner than expected.

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Future fight?

It’s clear that there are many similarities between Pimblett and McGregor. Both are former Cage Warriors champions who have single-handedly captured the attention of UFC fans with their flamboyant personalities and exciting fighting style.

Will the two ever fight in the future? It’s unlikely as Pimblett explains he doesn’t even want a top 15 opponent until he has a few more wins under his belt and signs a new deal with promotion.

Conor McGregor has not fought since breaking his shin last July


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Pimblett admitted he would fight McGregor right away, although he wanted to slowly build up the caliber of opponents he faces in the UFC.

“Who wouldn’t care about this fight,” he said. “If anyone in that squad was offered to fight Conor McGregor they say yes You get pure cash and pay-per-view points, get the cash in you.”

McGregor is poised to return to the UFC in the fall after spending the best part of a year on the sidelines after breaking his shin in his most recent fight. The Irishman also refused to rule out a fight with Pimblett at any point.

“He’s a good boy Paddy, you gotta love the Scousers. Some of my family is from Liverpool so I have a lot of love for that part of the world. Who knows? I will never say no to anything. Never say never like they say,” he said seconds off.

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