Paddy Pimblett has been very smart in how he uses his platform to grow his fanbase. Pimblett started with a miniscule $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win contract with the UFC despite the sizeable fanbase.
Pimblett has since leveled up and gotten a new contract – of course – that’s on the side of his real money maker – a 6 figure deal with barstool sports for his podcast chattin’ pony.
Recently Pimblett was forced to pay out a fan after he lost a wager.
Pimblett backed hometown team, Liverpool FC to capture the Premier League this season. To the dismay of Pimblett and Liverpoodlians everywhere, Manchester City were crowned champions at the end of 2021/22 premier league season.
The Liverpudlian was messaged by the fan, which read: “You owe me a oner [£100] you scruff.” Pimblett replied: “Lad I’ll give you the oner when you come in and put some gloves on in the gym and I’ll f***ing beat you up.” The fan then ended the conversation: “Sound as long as I get my oner.”
Pimblett has released a clip of the fan attending the gym and said: “I had a bet on Insta that Liverpool would win the league 18 months ago. They beat us by a point and he was in my requests. He’s coming in today, his train gets into Liverpool Lime Street at 10am.”
The UFC star is then shown touching the fan on the head before narrating: “Had a bet with this c*** last year. He said City and the cheating b******* financial fair played us out of the League.” The fan then showed himself with a City shirt on while kissing the badge, before Pimblett jokingly bit the replica shirt.
He then emerged with several huge bags of coins and explained that he had counted out 500 10p coins and 200 20p coins to make the total. The fan laughed and the pair shared a joke before Pimblett posed for a picture and shouted: “This is the best bet I’ve ever had and I lost.”
Pimblett is currently in process of slimming down back to 155lbs in order to make weight for his bout against Jared Gordon.
Pimblett will be facing Gordon at UFC 282 on December 10th 2022 at T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. Pimblett was reportedly offered a spot on UFC 281 card but declined due to NY tax income laws that would significantly cut into his profit margins.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.