At the tender age of just 21, Paddy Pimblett is already a well-known figure on the European MMA scene. On Saturday September 10th, “The Baddy” captured the Cage Warriors Featherweight title in only his 13th Professional fight, in front of a packed out Echo Arena in Liverpool.
Winning the title in front of his own Liverpudlian people may have been Pimblett’s last action inside of a Cage Warriors octagon. The last two Cage Warriors Featherweight champions did not even have time to defend their titles before being signed by the UFC. Most notably in the list of previous champions is a certain Mr Conor McGregor.
Some would argue that comparisons between the Irish superstar and “The Baddy” are somewhat unwarranted at this early stage in Pimblett’s career. However, after tracking his career since its outset, I think there is one major notable similarity. Pimblett possesses something that a lot of MMA fighters struggle with – he has a very interesting, infectious personality. He understands at the age of just 21 that prize fighting at the highest level is not merely about who can fight the best, but rather who entertains the most and more importantly, who people are willing to pay to see. He has an undeniable X factor about him.
In just 4 short years, Pimblett has managed to amass an impressive 12-1 record as a professional. However, it is not only his efforts in the cage that have people tipping “The Baddy” for big things. He is equally as impressive on the mic as he is in the octagon. In the aftermath of winning the Featherweight title at Cage Warriors 78, he started a rendition of ‘Justice for the 96’ that reverberated around the echo arena as 10,000 scousers cheered on one of their own. It is his ability to compel and engage the audience, coupled with his devastating ground game and much improved striking that has everybody talking about Paddy Pimblett.
In a recent episode of the MMA Hour, Paddy revealed that he had signed to another promotion but stopped short on revealing who. Ariel Helwani loosely exposed the promotion as the UFC, using his journalist experience to coax it unknowingly out of Pimblett. If it is true that he has indeed signed with the UFC, it has not come a day too soon. MMA fans outside of Europe, remember the name – Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett.