Shortly after The Baddy’s debut win at UFC 191, the Englishman penned a seven-figure deal with American outlet Barstool Sports, and on owner Dave Portnoy’s podcast, Pimblett’s name was mentioned to boxing legend and huge MMA fan Mike Tyson, who wanted to hear more about the the latest upcoming star in the world of UFC.
Tyson asked: “How good is Paddy?”, to which Portnoy replied: “Paddy the Baddy to me has Conor McGregor vibes in the sense of he’s electric on the mic, there’s something about him that’s very different.”
Tyson went onto say: “Conor McGregor, he has that too, and he could fight in there too.”
Portnoy then said: “We’ll find out, but I think he can definitely fight. How good? We’ll find out, but Dana White knows and Dana sees what I see in him which is this guy is a meal ticket. And they’re not gonna put him in versus King Kong anytime soon because he’s like, he sold out the London show the other day.”
Tyson replied: “When guys do that, let them fight. Don’t get him beat please.”
Fighting as part of the show, at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall, over 17,000 were at the O2 Arena to witness Pimblett’s win, with the 27-year-old set to do it all again in London on July 23 as he prepares to face Jordan Leavitt at at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs Aspinall.
Although there’s still a hell of a long way until the Conor McGregor comparisons are taken much more serious, you better believe it’ll be another night where the proud Scouser will put on a show for the crowd once again, and we hope Mike Tyson is locked in to watch Paddy Pimblett in action.