“I’m a Scouser. We don’t get knocked out.”
The Liverpool MMA fighter finished the fight in the first round having survived some early adversity after flooring the Brazilian with a barrage of punches.
But now a fan has decided to put those words to the test by pitting him against none other than Francis Ngannou himself in a fantasy matchup on EA Sports’ UFC 4 video game.
Back in his Cage Warriors days, Pimblett hilariously claimed that there’s no way Ngannou would knock him out if the two ever locked horns in the Octagon, saying: “He’d knock most people out to be fair, he knocks heavyweights out for a living, that’s what he does lad.
“But he still wouldn’t knock me out lad. This chin is made of granite. We don’t [get knocked out].”
But of course, there’s no way that’s physically possible.
In the computerised fight, Pimblett was no match for Ngannou in the cage, as it was over before it had even really begun.
WATCH: Francis Ngannou knocks out Paddy Pimblett in a UFC simulation
Check out the video below…
After three seconds of the first Ngannou connects with a monstrous overhand right that sends former CW featherweight champ Pimblett sprawling to the canvas.
User @LiamHealy6 posted a clip of the knockout on Twitter accompanied by the following caption: “Testing if scousers don’t get knocked out.”
The video has amassed 1,800 retweets, 33,000 likes and 1.1 million views at the time of writing.
Pimblett, 27, will be back in London again this summer after blowing away Rodrigo Vargas at the O2 Arena on March 19.
As for Ngannou, the 35-year-old hasn’t fought since his victory over Ciryl Gane back in January.
But he could be back in action before the end of the year, according to his coach Eric Nicksick.
Nicksick told Morning Kombat: “I think each individual, especially with that kind of injury, they have to come back when they know that they feel right.
“I look at it like this – when we get cleared to come back to full time training, I would love another three months of actually getting back to work.
“Then when you get a camp, or an opponent, then everything is gonna narrow into your game plan.
“So, you almost want three months of easing into a camp, then getting into your specifics.
“If I had my choice, I wouldn’t mind fighting in 2023, but it’s really gonna be up to him and how far along his rehab process is.”