In a viral video capturing the prelude to UFC 296, British fans expressed their support for Paddy Pimblett in a unique and taunting fashion. The footage showcases Ilia Topuria, undefeated featherweight contender, facing a chorus of “Oh Paddy the Baddy!” chants from spirited Liverpool fans as he boarded a flight for the Las Vegas event.
Topuria, boasting an impressive 14-0 MMA record with a flawless 6-0 UFC standing, is set to clash with featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298 on February 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim. However, recent events have thrown a shadow over Topuria’s unyielding confidence, with Paddy Pimblett entering the narrative.
Pimblett, currently riding a six-fight win streak, gears up to face Tony Ferguson at UFC 296 in Las Vegas. The video capturing Topuria’s airport encounter with passionate Pimblett fans adds a layer of public dissension to the ongoing rivalry between the two fighters. This is not the first time Topuria and Pimblett have clashed, as a physical altercation occurred last year amid a series of public callouts.
Despite Topuria’s undefeated featherweight status and recent unanimous decision victory over Josh Emmet in June, Paddy Pimblett’s supporters continue to make their presence felt. The viral video has triggered various reactions from fans on social media, with some defending Pimblett’s star power and others questioning Topuria’s status in comparison.
Twitter responses include affirmations of Paddy’s star quality and declarations that Topuria is not on the same level. Some fans express excitement for Pimblett’s upcoming bout, while others criticize his choice of opponent, labeling Tony Ferguson as a “washed-up” fighter on a six-fight losing streak.
The tension between Topuria and Pimblett, both in and out of the octagon, has reignited speculation about a potential future matchup. While Pimblett faces Ferguson, Topuria aims for the featherweight title at UFC 298 in February. As the rivalry unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate the outcomes for both fighters in the highly competitive world of UFC.