While preparing for his UFC return this summer, Paddy Pimblett has begun his weight loss journey of 45 lbs to reach the weight limit for the lightweight division.
‘The Baddy’ submitted Kazula Vargas last month at The O2 stadium in London in his second UFC fight. He lavished himself with an entire pizza at the press conference after the fight, proving yet again that he is known for bulking up outside of training camp.
After a feast of 11,000 calories, Pimblett gained over 200 pounds less than two weeks after his fight. He admits to eating three meals and two desserts every night, but he plans on changing this for his next fight.
The UFC plans to hold another Fight Night on July 23 in the UK. The Schmo asked Pimblett if he would compete on the card. Pimblett responded.
“Yeah, that’s more than likely. That’s half the reason I’m on a diet now.”
After winning in London, Pimblett stockpiled doughnuts and cheesecakes with a diet of crisps and easter eggs. When weighed, the lightweight sports a lean body and a noticeable six pack, however, he would prefer to be fatter.
“I’d rather be fat and happy than ripped. These people who are ripped all year round are not happy, I don’t care what they say. This six-pack is sound, I look great but I’d rather be fat and happy,” Pimblett said.
The Liverpudlian’s next opponent could be a featherweight named Ilia Topuria, who tangled with Pimblett at UFC London during fight week. Meanwhile, Pimblett has ruled out fighting Georgia until the promotion grants him a better contract.
“I still want another few fights first I’m not getting ahead of myself,” he said. “I know I’m not ready for anyone ranked yet, especially in the lightweight division. I need to win another four fights before even thinking about getting another opponent.
“Hopefully after this next fight they want to give me a new contract but we’ll see. That’s the goal, more zeros on that bank balance. I wanna get another two fights in this year, maybe even three times.”
Last month, Pimblett earned $11,185.42 for his victory against Vargas. As a result of winning the submission, ‘The Baddy’ was awarded a performance bonus of $49,735.76.