Paddy Pimblett’s UFC debut was not perfect. But according to the British star, nothing was going to stop him from securing a victory at UFC Vegas 36.
“It was never going to go wrong,” Pimblett said at the post-fight press conference for Saturday’s event in Las Vegas. “It’s my destiny.”
Pimblett admitted to being on the brink of disaster when opponent Luigi Vendramini cracked him with a left hook at the start of their first card game at UFC APEX. For a second, it looked like a reckless assault could cost “The Baddy”, but he said the shot was worse than it was.
“I showed everyone that I can overcome adversity too because he caught me with a nice left hook,” said Pimblett. “I have to stop letting people hit me in the face. I want to put on too much of a show, so I put my hands down and get into a shootout with people. I do it in the gym.
” I can not help it. I like to fight. It’s pretty stupid, because it can go wrong, but it didn’t go wrong.
After recovering to stop Vendramini at 4:26 of the first heat, Scouser, 26, is aiming for an autumn return to his native England. He said an October or November date would dovetail well with UFC President Dana White‘s desire to put on a show for UK fans after several events were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. .
In the coming days, a lot of ink will be spilled on the next name in an attempt to stop the Pimblett hype train. However, the newcomer doesn’t care who will be next in front of him.
“Luigi Vendramini was the fourth name I was offered for this fight,” he said. “Every other name I was given, I said yes. I will never say no to a fight. I am not a fool. Whatever name I am given on the contract, I will sign it. I don’t care if they’re classified or not, where they come from, or where it is, if it’s in their garden. If it’s in their backyard, everyone will start to get sick when I go out anyway. It’s just what I do.
“But like Dana said … he said an honorable mention to Paddy the Daddy. He knows it will be fun to go back to England with this kid. … November or December, let’s put on a show in England and do jump off the roof.
The hardest part for Pimblett is over as he’s in the UFC and he’s ready to write the sequel to his destiny. After a decorated run in the Cage Warriors promotion, he’s playing in the big leagues, and there’s only bigger and better things from here.
“People think I’m a grappler, and I just shut everyone up,” he said. “I can hit. I can fight. I can fight. I have the personality, I have the look. The new king is here, my boy.
Check out the full fight highlights and Pimblett’s full interview above, courtesy of The Mac Life.