When the UFC lands in Liverpool on May 27th, most people, I included thought having Paddy Pimblett on the show was a near certainty, but judging from Pimblett’s comments on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Pimblett had this to say:
“I’m not that arsed to be fair, about the UFC in Liverpool. I’ve headlined shows there twice and I just fought there the other week. It’s great for UK MMA and great for Liverpool, but the show is for Darren [Till]. Darren can have his show, I’m good — I’ll have my own one in September.
I wouldn’t play second fiddle to anyone, never mind Darren. I know Darren, he’s sound, but I wouldn’t play second fiddle to anyone.”
“It’s his show. They’re going to Liverpool for Darren Till to be main event, so leave his show to him. I’m not fighting on anyone’s undercard.”
The Cage Warriors star went on to say he will be on holiday in Mexico on May 27th so would be unavailable anyway. Things, of course, can change, and I hope Pimblett does have a change in heart, and I don’t see being on Till’s undercard as being too big an issue, only a few weeks ago Pimblett opened the main card in Liverpool on a show headlined by Molly McCann.
It goes without saying the card will sell out with or without Pimblett, but at some point all being well, Pimblett will be in the UFC, and he will need introducing to the UFC fanbase, and for me there is no better way to do that, than on this show in front of his loyal and passionate legion of fans. Opening the main card would set the set the scene for the evening and I believe his UFC career, the perfect launch pad.