It was almost immediately in the writing of this title that I felt using ‘rise’ to describe Pimblett’s recent performances is a huge understatement. The reason is because ‘The Baddy’ isn’t rising. He has risen.
Paddy recently spoke on The MMA Hour about the phenomenal atmosphere during his fight at The Echo Arena in Liverpool, the frustration of being compared to Conor McGregor and his soon to be announced breaking news.
If we speak hypothetically for a moment and assume this news could be that Paddy has signed to fight within the UFC then lets give a quick run down of what is sure to be a truly unique addition to an exciting featherweight division.
Name: Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett
Born: Liverpool, England
MMA record: 12-1-0
Weight class: Featherweight
Title(s): Current Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion
Win streak: 8 wins
Last fight: A devastating knockout victory in the first round against Johnny Frachey (knee to head followed by ground and pound, video below)
Potential UFC match ups
The video above of Paddy’s knockout victory at Cage Warriors 78 shows most aptly that Paddy is no prospect, no newbie, and no pushover. This is a legitimate featherweight contender and I believe he will be considered as such by Dana White before even stepping foot in the Octagon.
But then, who is next? Let’s take a look at what would be some exciting first fights for ‘The Baddy’:
Diego ‘Pitbull’ Rivas – A featherweight who originates from Chile and holds a perfect record of 7-0-0. Diego has a 2-0 record in the UFC, winning his last fight by KO via flying knee, the same move by which Paddy won his last bout over Frachey.
Cole Miller – Miller is currently going through a poor run of form, losing his last bout to Alex Caceres, setting his record at 21-10. If Paddy was to capitalize on this poor form then adding Cole Miller to your CV as first UFC win would certainly be impressive.