UFC President Dana White said Paddy Pimblett has a “Conor McGregor vibe” and will likely fight a pay-per-view next time.
Liverpudlian Pimblett is 3-0 in the UFC with three stoppage wins after last submitting Jordan Leavitt to UFC London last Saturday. The 27-year-old, like in March, was the star of the show at the O2 and followed his win with a powerful speech on men’s mental health.
Pimblett claimed after the fight that he would not be fighting at the O2 again, calling the 17,000-seat venue “too small” and saying his next fight would likely be on a UFC pay-per-view. The Liverpool FC fan also dreams of fighting at his club’s Anfield ground.
“This boy … to talk about championship stuff now, it’s a little early, but he’s got that Conor McGregor vibe,” White said at a Tuesday news conference.
“When he goes out, when he’s in the arena, how the fans welcome him, how the media covers him, how the people looking for content…
“I want to show you something that’s pretty amazing. On my Instagram – that’s me, not UFC or whatever – the duel for the main event, the heavyweights [Curtis] Blaydes and [Tom Aspinall] made 203,000 views on my Instagram. Paddy Pimblett’s faceoff scored 1.7 million. Is not that crazy?
“I think what we do next is we take him to either Boston or New York and he ends up on pay-per-view, then take him to Vegas.”
Pimblett won his UFC debut last year by knocking out Luigi Vendramini in the first round before submitting Rodrigo Vargas in Round 1 in March this year and defeating American Leavitt, also with a rear naked choke.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/ufc/paddy-pimblett-ufc-conor-mcgregor-dana-white-b2132298.html Paddy Pimblett has ‘Conor McGregor vibe’ and could fight next in PPV, says UFC President Dana White