Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett had 14 Stone after UFC debut, but admits he’d be ‘fat and happy’ instead

Even if you’re just a passing combat sports fan, you’ll probably come across Paddy ‘The Wicked’ Pimblett, a rising star on the UFC and MMA scene. Recognizable by his signature haircut and thick Liverpudlian accent, the 27-year-old fighter racks up tens of millions of views online as an exciting, no-holds-barred newbie to the sport with a personality often compared to the MMA legend. Conor McGregor.

Ahead of his UFC London first round win over Rodrigo Vargas, headlines started circulating around Pimblett and his weight. Specifically, the articles focused on how Pimblett “bulked” up to 200 pounds after his first-ever UFC win in September 2021, in which he dispatched Luigi Vendramini with a first-round KO/TKO decision. . Pimblett also received a Performance of the Night bonus from the UFC, but once the fight was over he began to relax his fight camp diet – it was reported that he regularly ordered three main meals and two desserts – over the following months, eventually reaching nearly 200 pounds (90 kg), almost 50 kg more than his fighting weight of 155 pounds (70 kg).

“I’m going to have to try to avoid it this time,” Paddy said. Star Daily Sport“I think I was almost…195 pounds, I was almost 200 pounds, but that’s what happens when you go out and eat three main meals and two desserts every night.”

In typical Pimblett fashion, comments circulating around his post-fight weight (which he, for the record, lost before fighting Vargas in March 2022), did not faze him. “I may be fat but I will never be lazy because of it,” he said. “All of you who believe in me drive me around every day. 2022 is going to be a big year for The Baddy!”

Following his win over Vargas at UFC London, Pimblett was asked by a reporter at a post-fight press conference if he would ever “miss the six-pack” when he “blew up” between the fights. fights. The Liverpool fighter replied that he preferred to be ‘fat and happy’ over the sport’s conventional athletes. “I’d rather be fat and happy than ripped,” Pimblett said. “These people who are ripped all year round aren’t happy. I’m not dumb, I don’t care what they say. This six-pack is tough and I look great, but I’d rather be big and happy. ”

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