Paddy Pimblett has shown no indication that he will reign back what some see as a reckless fighting style.
The Liverpool native and former Cage Warriors champion has gained a legion of fans for his brand of entertainment in the cage, which has brought the 27-year-old three successive finishes less than a year after making his debut with the UFC. Some, though, have cautioned Pimblett for what they see as an overly-aggressive style which can leave him open for shots from his opponents — such as the one landed by Luigi Vendramini just seconds into his debut last September.
But Pimblett isn’t bothered by being punched, nor other people’s opinions on it — even if he was disappointed in his most recent Octagon outing.
“That’s just how I am sometimes,” Pimblett said to podcaster and former NFL player Pat McAfee, as noted by MMA Fighting.
“I was disappointed in my performance [against Jordan Leavitt], I felt like I should have went out there and blasted him out in a round. I know I still finished him, finished someone that’s never been finished before. He’s had 11 pro fights, lost one, and never been finished and I choked his ass. He got dealt with like I knew he was going to get dealt with.
“I said the whole time he’s going to get finished, I thought it was going to be a knockout but he defends punches well, it’s quite weird. He doesn’t like to defend them in a skillful way, but he defends them well and then he just grabs a hold of you.
“But I think I won the first round on all judges’ scorecards and then got the finish in the second, so I’m not too fussed. Obviously, when I look back now I realise I was being very emotional going into the fight. I watched it back today and every punch I throw I’m trying to take his head off. I didn’t throw a punch where I’m trying to set a shot up, I’m just walking forward throwing punches.”
With that said, Pimblett seems acutely aware of his status in the UFC’s shark tank lightweight division — but he says that he’s going to take it one step at a time.
“I don’t care [who I fight next]. The UFC lightweight division is the best division in the whole UFC by far. It’s the deepest division. All the way down to rank 50 in lightweight is very good, so I don’t mind taking my time climbing up the rankings, I’m not in no rush. I’m going to take my time and earn a lot of money as I do take my time.”