Someone is climbing the ranks of the UFC and he is making quite the fuss. An English mixed martial artist, Paddy Pimblett, is making the headlines recently due to his theatrics and statement about mental health. If you want to learn more about him and his previous acts, let’s dive in!
Who is Paddy Pimblett?
Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett is a lightweight fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The 27-year-old Englishman out of Liverpool, United Kingdom made his way to the UFC after becoming the champion in the featherweight division of Cage Warriors.
Paddy’s ridiculous “teabag celebration”
A fighter mocking an opponent after successfully beating him isn’t new to this sport. However, you don’t see very often a guy who “teabags” his foe.
After Jordan Leavitt made comments that his approach to the fight against Pimblett would be “Finish the fight, twerk, go home”. This trash talk got to Pimblett and responded with a very funny plan as he wants to “teabag him like its Modern Warfare 2”.
Teabagging is somewhat the worst (or best) way to mock and disrespect your enemies in video games.
- Usually in FPS (first-person shooting) or fighting games, to teabag over an enemy means to rapidly crouch over the dead enemy’s body.
- This form of mockery has been around for quite some time now and it’s already making its way to the world of sports thanks to Paddy Pimblett and Los Angeles Chargers’ Defensive Lineman, Joey Bosa, who did it first.
- Because of his theatrics, Dana White compared Pimblett to the legendary Conor McGregor saying that “he has got that McGregor Vibe”.
Just four months ago, he wanted to fight Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, which was kind of funny. Now, after he gained fame and popularity, Paddy might just have boosted his stock. Could his fight against Jake Paul take place in the future?
His heart-touching comments on men’s mental health
In contrast to his outrageous form of the victory celebration, Pimblett tackled a very sensitive topic that made him beloved by fans.
After the fight against Jordan Leavitt, Paddy took the chance to deliver a powerful message about men’s mental health and the possibility of committing suicide.
“There’s a stigma in this world that men can’t talk. Listen, if you’re a man and you’ve got a weight on your shoulders and think the only way you can solve it is by killing yourself, please speak to someone! Speak to anyone.”
He topped it off with an emotional take that “he would rather his [friend] cry on his shoulder than go to his funeral next week”.
Despite his previous comedic acts, this one got the fans cheering for Pimblett because of his compassion for his friends. To no surprise, he has become a fan favorite since he made this statement on July 24.
Paddy Pimblett’s current UFC record
- Paddy’s professional fighting record after defeating Jordan Leavitt via submission is now 19-3-0.
- His first three fights in the UFC were all victorious and according to Dana White, it’s time for Pimblett to a Pay-per-view fight and eventually bring him to Vegas.
- Reports are saying that his next opponent could be another legend who hailed from Cage Warriors, Conor McGregor.
- Although Pimblett has refused to fight in Boston or New York due to huge tax rates, he agreed to Dana White’s proposal of a pay-per-view matchup promotion soon.
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