Paddy Pimblett has a ton of high expectations ahead of his UFC debut and that includes being the promotion’s next superstar.
Pimblett has been offered UFC contracts twice but turned them down but he finally decided to make the move now. For Pimblett, he says he always knew he would be a UFC fighter.
“It was always meant to be, wasn’t it?” Pimblett told MMA Junkie during Wednesday’s media day. “Everyone knew I’d eventually end up being here so it wasn’t a question of ‘if’ I was going to be in the UFC – it was ‘when.’ The time has finally arrived. I’m here and I’m here to make a statement and let everyone know who the boy is.”
Pimblett is set to fight Luigi Vendramini on Saturday at UFC Vegas 36. It’s an intriguing matchup and Pimblett says he expects to win in highlight-reel fashion and be the new cash cow for the UFC.
“It’s cool to be in Vegas, obviously,” Paddy Pimblett said. “I did want it to be obviously in London. It would’ve been nice. It would’ve been unbelievable energy walking out to my walkout. The crowd would’ve went bananas. But being here is great. I can’t wait to go to the PI later. That would be the first ever time I’ve been.
“All the proper UFC officials are here and all the head honchos. They all want to see the new cash cow, their new main man,” Pimblett explained. “I’m here to headlock Dana and Hunter and Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard. Yes, I’m going to get them all in a headlock later and let them know who the new kid on the block is.”
Paddy Pimblett is currently on a two-fight winning streak and is the former Cage Warriors featherweight champ. He also holds notable wins over Julian Erosa, and Decky Dalton among others.