- Barstool Sports owner Dave Portnoy told Mike Tyson why Paddy Pimblett is drawing comparisons to Conor McGregor
- “Iron Mike” thinks that the UFC should know how to handle the potential of “The Baddy”
Following his stunning UFC debut win at UFC Fight Night 191, Paddy Pimblett inked a massive seven-figure deal with Barstool Sports. From then on, “The Baddy,” who also has that unique charisma in him, has earned comparisons to former two-division king Conor McGregor.
The next Conor McGregor ? Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett has often compared to Conor McGregor for many reasons. Both were Cage Warrior’s featherweight champions . Both came in to the UFC with a big following, talent and personality. @PaddyTheBaddy @TheNotoriousMMA #MMATwitter pic.twitter.com/dfLYuwEAW1
— DiaztwinsMMA (@DiaztwinsMMA) August 24, 2021
Interestingly, Barstool Sports owner Dave Portnoy told Mike Tyson about it during an appearance on Tyson’s podcast. And the legendary boxer’s reaction speaks a lot of his thoughts on Pimblett.
Tyson gives the UFC advice
Tyson has long been a UFC fan but evidently, he’s not truly aware of Pimblett. But after Portnoy raved about “The Baddy” and how he resembles McGregor, “Iron Mike” got it and suggested that Dana White and the UFC should not derail Pimblett’s hype train.
See how the conversation went down below:
Tyson: “How good is Paddy?”
Portnoy: “Paddy the Baddy to me has like the Conor McGregor vibes in the sense of he’s electric on the mic, there’s something about him that’s very different.
Tyson: “[Cause] Conor McGregor, he has that too, and he could fight in there too.”
Portnoy: “We’ll find out. But I think he can definitely fight. How good? We’ll find out but Dana [White] knows and Dana sees what I see in him which is this guy is a meal ticket. And they’re not gonna put him in versus King Kong anytime soon because he’s like, he sold out the London show the other day.”
Tyson: “When guys do that, let them fight. Don’t get him beat please.”
Portnoy: “You’re right. As long as you can wait until you put him in.”
What’s up with The Baddy?
After taking the UFC by storm with back-to-back first-round finishes, Pimblett is now set for his third fight under the promotion. He will square up against Jordan Leavitt at UFC Fight Night 208 on July 23 at the O2 Arena in London.
However, the Liverpool native has also welcomed a scrap with YouTuber Logan Paul. But of course, everything is just verbal at this point.
Surely, it will be another sell-out UFC event at the O2 with Pimblett expected to put one a show once again. Let’s see if he can pick up where he left off and live up to the hype.