Don’t expect to see any Tweets from UFC lightweight star Paddy Pimblett anytime soon. It appears the UFC star has been banned by the social media platform for the time being. Pimblett is one of the more outspoken fighters on the UFC’s roster, and some of his comments have sparked issues between himself and other combatants/personalities within the combat sports realm.
As he prepares for his upcoming fight this weekend, Pimblett recently took part in an interview with Pub Talk and discussed his social media presence. While he’s still active on Instagram with over 2.3 million followers, he has already had two accounts on the platform deactivated before.
Paddy Pimblett Struggles With Social Media
Pimblett says that his past accounts on Instagram were shut down for “bullying and harassment,” but the English star claims he was simply responding to insults that were being thrown his way. Now, with the largest following he’s ever had on the platform, he needs to be a lot smarter about what he says.
“I can’t say nothing back anymore,” Pimblett said (via MMA Weekly). “I can’t say nothing back anymore. I’ve had two accounts disabled on Instagram for ‘bullying and harassment’ when it’s me who gets bullied and harassed. I just give it back…”
“I’ve had two accounts, one with 187,000 followers got disabled. And my second account, it had nearly 900,000 followers and got disabled. I just can’t say nothing back. I have to be smarter with it.”
As for Twitter, Pimblett has been out-right banned from the platform altogether. The reason being very similar to why he has had issues with Instagram so many times before.
“I’m also banned on Twitter,” Pimblett said. “Just calling people stupid, fat idiots and stuff. You know what I mean? They give me grief and I’ve said something back. Because I’m in the public eye, people report my stuff and my account gets shut down.
“When I open Twitter (it says) ‘your account is permanently suspended.’ It just comes up stating that, so I can’t like or comment to no one.”
Pimblett is currently slated to co-headline the UFC 282 pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday against Jared Gordon. He’s currently undefeated inside the Octagon as it stands.