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Conor McGregor Backs Paddy Pimblett: ‘I’m Excited To See What He Can Do’

Former two-weight UFC champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has backed recent promotional newcomer, Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett to succeed in the UFC following his September debut — claiming the Liverpool native is a “great representative” for his nation and city.

McGregor, who has been quite vocal across Twitter recently, has suggested potential future matchups with the likes of Michael Chandler, two-time welterweight title challenger, Jorge Masvidal, a lightweight title challenge in his return — and even a future sparring match with interim bantamweight champion, Petr Yan.

The Dubliner is currently recovering from a surgical procedure to address a fractured left tibia suffered in his UFC 264 first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to three-time opponent, Dustin Poirier back in July of this year. McGregor is expected to return to the Octagon next year, but is likely to be sidelined until the summer at least as he recoveries from his injury.

For Pimblett, the Huyton native has received many comparisons to McGregor across his professional career — especially given the fact both have held the undisputed Cage Warriors featherweight championship in the past.

The Next Generation MMA trainee recently made his long-anticipated Octagon debut in September as part of the main card of UFC Vegas 35 — extending his professional record to 17-3 with a late first round knockout victory against Brazilain puncher, Luigi Vendramini.

Off the back of McGregor’s compatriot, Ian Garry’s spectacular first round knockout victory over Jordan Williams last weekend at UFC 268 — the Portmarnock native received a stamp of approval on his performance from his countryman. And this week, McGregor has backed another future contender to succeed in the form of past Cage Warriors standout, Pimblett.

[I’m] very excited to see what he [Paddy Pimblett] can do,” McGregor tweeted in response to a user on Twitter. “A great representation for the UK and for Liverpool. Rooting for him!

Whilst Pimblett has yet to book his next fight following a successful promotional bow, the outspoken Liverpudlian recently penned a lucrative deal with media outlet, Barstool Sportswhere he will serve as a brand ambassador and content creator for the Dave Portnoy-founded company.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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