Paddy Pimblett is excited about taking on Conor McGregor’s longtime companion Dillon Danis in combat.
Pimblett is set to make a remarkable return to the octagon this weekend at the conclusive pay-per-view event of the year. He will be facing MMA veteran Tony Ferguson.
Pimblett has been absent from the UFC scene since his controversial victory over Jared Gordon last December. Despite an ankle injury during the bout’s opening round, Pimblett secured a win on points. Howevere, this victory was marred by controversy and labeled as “one of the worst UFC decisions ever”.
Dillon Danis is Conor McGregor’s longtime friend and training partner and friend, has been actively seeking a UFC contract, especially after his boxing bout against Logan Paul in October.
Taking to social media, Danis proposed a match-up with Paddy Pimblett. He expressed his excitement, stating: “My UFC debut against Paddy Pimblett would be quite the show, the buildup alone would be electric! If we want to add some fun, we could be coaches on The Ultimate Fighter and have our fight at the end. Imagine the entertainment that would generate. Let’s give the people what they want and make fighting entertaining again.”
Pimblett responsded by saying: “If he gets signed lad, let’s do it. He fought Logan Paul and threw anybody six punches. He threw more punches at the security guards then he did at Logan.”
UFC CEO Dana White remained non-committal when asked about potentially signing Dillon Danis. He stated: “If he gets signed lad, let’s do it. He fought Logan Paul and threw anybody six punches. He threw more punches at the security guards then he did at Logan.” Despite Danis’ absence from MMA for over five years, he persistently tags White in social media posts, relentlessly pursuing a move to the UFC.
Paddy Pimblett’s immediate focus now remains on his upcoming match against Tony Ferguson. Ferguson is a former interim world champion, and hasn’t secured a victory in over four years. Additionally, he has suffered defeats in four of his last six matches. Acknowledging Ferguson’s status as one of the best lightweights in UFC history, Pimblett views the match as a challenging situation.
He said: “It’s an honour to be able to fight Tony, he’s one of the best lightweights of all time. When I was a kid watching the UFC at around 15, I’d just started training and he was already in the UFC. It’s like that cliche saying ‘When your heroes become your rivals’. Even I want to see Tony go out on a win but I can’t do it at my expense, not happening.”