The UFC hype doesn’t get much bigger than the fury surrounding Paddy Pimblett. The fighter, who hails from Liverpool, has just one UFC win to his name, but he’s already declaring himself “the people’s main event”. Pimblett is set to fight at UFC London this weekend and told Thomas Gerbasi he expects another early finish.
“I told you how it was going to be, didn’t I?” Obviously he caught me with a nice shot and things weren’t going my way, but that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Paddy The Baddy: ‘I’m the main event for the people’
I like getting into a shootout, I like a fight. It’s fun for people and it’s crazy to say, but I like getting hit. It’s not something I shy away from. I like to take a picture and I like to give a picture.
Giving a shot is exactly what Pimblett did. He weathered an early storm from Luigi Vendramini to earn a stunning first-round knockout victory on his UFC debut. Paddy Pimblett, who won two Cage Warriors titles primarily through his prodigious jiu-jitsu game – including flying triangles – has earned a reputation as a power puncher.
“That fight was a good opening for me to show everyone what I am, and the funny thing is people think I’m a striker now. And I’m not. I am far from it. »
Pimblett credits his penchant for early finishes — six knockouts and seven submissions — and Scouse’s charisma for his growing popularity. “To be honest, it’s because I don’t pretend.
I’m just a normal boy. People like people to be themselves. I’m not like a Colby Covington. I don’t put a character. I’m just myself and I think that’s what people like.
I said for years it was going to get big. I always knew it was coming. I knew it since I was younger.
I’ve said for years that I’m gonna be a big name in this sport, and I know when I’m done I’ll be all over the TV sets and I’ll be a talking head or do something because the people love me and i will continue to do so. I don’t back down, I just say how it is and people love me for that.
Pimblett promises a big splash this weekend, but that’s just a preview of bigger things to come. “I can’t wait because I always said I’m going to fight in this and I’m going to blow the roof off. It’s crazy because I’m not the main event, but I’m the main event of the people.
It doesn’t feel like it, to be honest. It gives you a shiny feeling inside and you can’t explain it. It’s funny because when I went to Madison Square Garden and walked into the weigh-ins, it happened there, and several different people said I got the loudest reception of them all. I had a UFC fight, boy. It just shows what I’m going to do.