UFC president Dana White gets a “Conor McGregor vibe” from rising lightweight star Paddy Pimblett.
Dana White Sees Some Conor McGregor In Paddy Pimblett
The UFC boss was asked about Pimblett during a recent press conference after an episode of Dana White’s Contenders Series.
White suggested that Pimblett has a “Conor McGregor vibe” to him with all of the media attention the young star garners.
“This kid — to talk about championship stuff right now, it’s a little too soon, but he’s got that Conor McGregor vibe,” White said. (via MMA Fighting)
“When he walks out, when he’s in the arena, the way that the fans receive him, the way that the media covers him, the way that the people who search for content…
“I wanna show you something, this is pretty amazing. On my Instagram, this is me, not UFC or whatever … Paddy Pimblett’s faceoff … the main event, the heavyweights, [Curtis] Blaydes and [Tom Aspinall] did 203,000 views on my Instagram.
“Paddy Pimblett’s faceoff did 1.7 million. Isn’t that crazy? I’ll give you another example, ‘F—k It Friday’ is massive. Massive. It did 1.3 million on mine.
“[Then] it was Molly [McCann] drinking the Howler Head [whiskey] with the thing (wig) on, that did two million. So, those two together, yeah, they’re powerful, man.”
Pimblett’s stardom is certainly earned by his performance inside of the Octagon. He’s currently on a five-fight win streak in mixed martial arts (MMA).
That includes all three of his wins in the UFC, all being finishes. White definitely has big plans for the English star.
He plans on booking him for a big pay-per-view (PPV) show in New York or Boston before making him a regular on Las Vegas cards.
“I think what we do next is we take him to either Boston or New York and he ends up on pay-per-view then you bring him to Vegas,” White said.