Michael Bisping would like to see a bad-blood matchup for Paddy Pimblett in his next outing.
For years, former UFC champion Michael Bisping was the top UFC fighter out of the UK. Now there are many up-and-coming fighters hailing from England and the surrounding areas. With the UFC planning a trip back to London in a few months, Bisping is taking a look at who should be added to that card in the O2 Arena.
The UFC visited London twice in 2022. Both events were huge successes and the talent of the UK fighters was put on display. Heavyweight contender Tom Aspinall was the headliner of both London events but might be unavailable this time around. There are plenty of other locally based fighters that are looking to get on this PPV event being held on March 18. Bisping has his list as well.
Michael Bisping would like to see Paddy Pimblett on the London card but believes he may be too big for it
The direction of the UFC for this UFC 284 event seemed to be heading Leon Edwards’ way. He is now the welterweight champion and hails from London. His rematch with Kamaru Usman would be a perfect main event, but the current status of Usman seems to be in question. Bisping would like to see Paddy Pimblett on the card but explains why that might not be realistic.
“I would say Paddy Pimblett, even though he’s too big for the O2 arena now, he’s too big. One of the biggest events in the world, he’s too big,” he said on his YouTube channel. ” I would like to see Paddy versus, you know what, I love that Ilia Topuria fight, even though Topuria now fights at 145. They’ve got backstory, they’ve got beef, they’ve got sh-t, you know, so that will be a good one.”
Pimblett has mentioned in the past that he is not interested in fighting in London this time around. As mentioned, he was featured on the last two fight cards near his home in Liverpool and he wants to be able to travel a bit more. He is fresh off his most recent win over Jared Gordon, a controversial win, that many thought he lost. With his star power and winning streak it seems that the ball is in Pimblett’s court.