Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett will defend his Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship against Nad Narimani at Cage Warriors 82 at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on April 1st. Here, we’ll take a look at each fighter’s strengths and weaknesses leading up to the fight.
Paddy Pimblett is, without a doubt, the biggest name in the UK MMA scene. Boasting an impressive 13-1 record at just 22 years old, it seems like the Liverpool-born prodigy is destined for greatness. Throughout his career, he has showcased his phenomenal jiu-jitsu skills, complemented by his rubber-like flexibility. While he likes to take the fight to the ground, he is not afraid to stand and trade with his opponents. He has been criticised in the past for not having enough power in his punches, yet he finished Johhny Frachey with a devastating series of punches to win the Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship. In his last fight against Julian Erosa, Pimblett won via unanimous decision – with many fans thinking that Erosa should have won the fight. “The Baddy” will be looking to brush off any criticism and push forward to defend his title once more against Bristol’s Nad Narimani.
Much like Paddy Pimblett, Nad Narimani has excellent grappling skills. Five of his nine wins have come via submission, with the rear-naked choke being his weapon of choice, having used it to finish three of his fights. He is an incredibly strong and muscular featherweight, possibly the most physically imposing opponent that Pimblett will have faced. Recently, Narimani has shown that he has some explosive knockout power to go with his grappling skills, finishing Jeremy Petley via TKO. The Bristolian has fought for the Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship once before, losing to Alex Enlund via unanimous decision. He will be determined not to let history repeat itself and will certainly give “The Baddy” one hell of a fight.