Paddy Pimblett: MMA Star in Focus

There appears to be a new star in the UFC that has similar traits to a man who changed the sport forever in Conor McGregor. Also known as Paddy the Baddy, Paddy Pimblett is an English mixed martial artist who currently competes in the lightweight division of the UFC. Even if you don’t follow the sport on a daily basis, there is a strong chance that you’ve seen the charismatic scouser hog your Twitter timeline or appear on your YouTube feed.

The Liverpudlian is relatively new to the UFC, with a handful of fights to his name. Despite this, Pimblett is hogging the headlines and appears to be adored by fans all over the world. When it comes to viewing audiences and fans betting on UFC, the former Cage Warriors champion is a big draw.

Fans aren’t just backing him at the bookies or tuning in purely for his entertaining fights; they’re following him on social media, sharing his YouTube content with friends, and are generally excited by the buzz he is creating around both the Liverpool and the UK MMA scene. But how has a relatively inexperienced fighter gained such a large following already? What makes Paddy Pimblett so special? Let’s take a look below.

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The sport lacks personalities

There’s a reason why the likes of Sean O’Malley and Paddy Pimblett stand out in the UFC, and it isn’t solely due to their fighting ability. While the likes of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz are perhaps big personalities with an understandable appeal, there aren’t many other fighters that have the world’s attention as much. As such, there have been moans and groans from fans of the sport in recent years that there is a distinct lack of characters in the UFC.

After all, the sport needs memorable faces in order to provide more than just entertainment inside of the Octagon. Love it or hate it, but fighters these days need to pull in large audiences on social media, appeal to new casual fans in order to grow the sport further, and put on a real show when millions of people are tuning in. Paddy Pimblett is guaranteed to offer that, with his ring entrance alone providing enough entertainment before he has even landed an elbow or a kick.

An infectious personality, the diehard Liverpool fan puts bums on seats, he has already shown that he has the know-how when it comes to promoting fights, and he has the talent needed to deliver memorable victories. While Paddy Pimblett isn’t the finished article in the Octagon, his actions outside of the cage suggest that he is more than capable of handling the spotlight.

Pimblett is more than just a grappler

One of the main criticisms levelled at Paddy Pimblett during his relatively short career is that he doesn’t possess the striking game to truly thrive in the UFC. While this has been on show during a number of past fights, the quirky scouser is actually underrated when it comes to the punches, knees and kicks he can land. With some brutal knockouts on his CV, Pimblett is more than capable of putting an opponent to sleep.

Throw in his wrestling and grappling skills and he’s a potentially formidable opponent, although he does have some areas of his game that he can improve on. Overall, though, when you take a deep dive into the array of weapons Pimblett has in his arsenal, he certainly has the ingredients needed to go far in his division.

ImageHe likes to eat

While this aspect of his growth could comeback to haunt him in the future, Paddy Pimblett’s made a name for himself off the back of his love of food. It’s no secret that he tends to balloon in terms of his weight inbetween fights, with numerous food-related interviews online. This, and more, feeds into the fact that the former Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion is a normal bloke from Liverpool. People immediately relate to him.

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