Midnight Mania! Paddy Pimblett likes his chances vs. Poirier, ‘If Oliveira can do that to you Dustin, I can’

    Welcome to Midnight Mania!

    Paddy Pimblett is already eyeing a fighter vs. one of the best Lightweights on the planet.

    The former Cage Warriors champ made his UFC debut in September vs. Luigi Vendramini, drubbing the Italian en route to a first-round knockout win. However, it wasn’t an easy win, as Pimblett took some big shots before turning the tide. All in all, it was a dramatic affair, one that helped earn Pimblett a great deal of attention, as well as a highly lucrative contract with Barstool Sports.

    Debut win aside, Pimblett has a long ways to go before he’s in the title picture at 155 lbs. He even acknowledged as much a couple months ago, expressing more of an interest in taking the Sean O’Malley route to the top … but it won’t stop him from speculating on his odds opposite the current crop of elite Lightweights.

    Speaking with Michael Bisping on his Believe You Me podcast, Pimblett found a lot of confidence in his chances vs. Dustin Poirier after watching Charles Oliveira strangle him.

    “I went with Poirier over Oliveira,” Pimblett began (via Harry Kettle). “And lad, after watching that fight as well, I’m watching that thinking, ‘Lad, if Oliveira can do that to you Dustin, I can.’ It’s mad like, when you watch (it), MMA math doesn’t work, but when you watch fights, you’re just like, ‘Wow, if he can do that and get in that position, then f—king I can.’”

    Delusion or confidence? They’re often two sides of the same coin with hyped up-and-comers. Pimblett is a back control specialist, but he’s still far unaccomplished compared to the current champion “Do Bronx,” who’s submitted more foes than anyone else in UFC history.

    Pimblett remains unbooked heading into 2022, and he’s still several wins away from a fighter like “The Diamond.”


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