For years now, fans have wondered when Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett would fight for the UFC. Today, that became a reality when his signing was made official.
The former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion was signed after a successful first round win at Cage Warriors 122. This was recently speculated by fans who spotted Paddy on the UFC fan rankings page, until confirmed by the UFC and Cage Warriors themselves.
This isn’t the first time Paddy had been offered a UFC contract; he had been offered a spot on the big show on a couple of occasions in the past.
He turned them down believing he needed more time to develop his skillset in Cage Warriors.
The first time he was offered a shot at the UFC, he was 21-years-old and had just become the Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion.
Looking back, he said he’s glad he didn’t make the jump that early, because he hadn’t yet matured as an athlete and was partying as much as he was training.
The second time he was offered a shot, he had a broken hand and still wanted more time to develop as a fighter, both physically and mentally.
Now 26, time is still on his side so there’s plenty of time for him to become a successful UFC fighter.
After his recent win at Cage Warriors 122, the Liverpool star asked the UFC to pick up the phone and make the call, which is exactly what has happened.
We look forward to seeing this promising star test himself on the biggest stage in MMA and introduce the wider audience to who Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett is.
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