McKinney and Pimblett are two of the UFC’s newest rising stars. Coincidentally, they both fight in the lightweight division. ‘The Baddy’ responded to a call out by ‘T.Wrecks’ in August by claiming they would fight down the line. Now that they are racking up wins, the matchup might happen sooner rather than later. During an exclusive interview with Mike Owens of MiddleEasy, McKinney had this to say about Pimblett:
“We talked to each other before, and I still wanna get on his podcast. I actually like the guy, like he’s a character. He’s funny. He’s a good businessman. I got a lot of respect for him, and he knows how to finish fights. He might not start all of his fights very good, but you can’t argue with the end result, and that’s to get a win, and he gets the finish every time, so I gotta respect that. Like I said, there’s no beef, it’s just our time to collide. There can only be one number-one prospect, and I gotta take it away from him.”
Before considering a matchup against McKinney, Pimblett looks to extend his UFC record to 4-0 against Jared Gordon at UFC 282. Meanwhile, ‘T.Wrecks’ is taking on Ismael Bonfim at UFC 283 in January 2023. If ‘The Baddy’ and McKinney secure wins, a fight night main event in their next outing is possible.
Terrance McKinney is Interested in Future Main Event Fight Against Paddy Pimblett
Terrance McKinney vs. Paddy Pimblett could be difficult to materialize if the UFC doesn’t want to risk decreasing one of their new superstar’s marketability. With that said, the excitement generated by MMA fans could be enough to convince the matchmakers. During the same interview with MiddleEasy, McKinney had this to say when asked if he’s ever been offered a fight against Pimblett:
“It’s just between me and him. The UFC already knows it’s too early, and they know what I’ll do to him. There’s levels to this, as you see.”
McKinney was then asked about the possibility of fighting Pimblett if they both win their next fight. He had this to say:
“Main event. That’s what I’m saying. It’s gonna happen. I feel it, bro. That’s why I’m training so hard because I got a real threat in front of me. Even though he only fought on the Contender Series, this guy is on an eighteen-fight win streak, so I’m training as if he’s Islam [Makhachev] or anyone who has the belt…”
The last question about ‘The Baddy’ for McKinney was about Pimblett’s future, regardless of whether or not they fight ever fight. ‘T.Wrecks’ responded by saying:
“He better stick to the Sean O’Malley route cause I feel like once he gets in that top 20, those guys are gonna hurt him. That’s just what I feel.”
Before worrying about fighting each other, Pimblett and McKinney have tough upcoming tests. ‘The Baddy’ is taking on a gritty veteran in Jared Gordon, who has the experience to ruin Pimblett’s momentum. ‘T.Wrecks’ also has questions to answer, including ongoing concerns about his cardio. His upcoming opponent, Ismael Bonfim, is on a twelve-fight win streak, which would be an impressive win for the Chicago native. Only time will tell if these lightweight rising superstars can secure another victory.