The British star Paddy Pimblett has successfully picked up two wins in the United Kingdom’s capital this year for a total of 3-0 in the UFC. In March, he submitted Kazula Vargas in the first round with a rear-naked choke. This month, he did it again against Jordan Leavitt with the same choke in the second round.
Despite the huge home country fanbase, Pimblett has said that he wouldn’t be competeing in the country again unless the UFC hold an event at Anfield Stadium in his hometown of Liverpool.
“We will do Anfield. I promise you now. Dana said he won’t do Anfield, but he also said women will never fight in the UFC, and Ronda Rousey came along. He said he won’t do a stadium in the UK, but the Baddy’s come along so he will.”
UFC president Dana White reacted with a plan to book the Liverpudlian back on US soil. In his plan, Pimblett was supposed to appear on a pay-per-view event in Boston or New York next.
“I think what we do next is we take him to either Boston or New York and he ends up on pay-per-view and then you bring him to Vegas,” White said.
However, ‘The Baddy’ blatantly turned down a bout in New York while complaining about the high rate of taxes there. He’s not alone in this. UFC star in the making Sean O’Malley previously found himself on UFC’s bad side after rejecting a New York card over taxes.
In an interview following her KO win over Hannah Goldy, Molly McCann, Pimblett’s friend added:
“I wanted to fight in November at Madison Square Garden but he [Pimblett] doesn’t want to fight until December.”
Pimblett then replied: “No, I’m not getting taxed but New York, swear down.”
While disagreeing on a New York outing, Pimblett and White agreed on one thing, that Pimblett will next appear on a pay-per-view. While there is no info on an upcoming Boston PPV event, the UFC reportedly has booked New York’s Madison Square Garden in November.
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.