Rising Star – Paddy Pimblett

Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett has an MMA record 15-3 with eleven finishes. Paddy trains out of one of the best gyms in the UK, Next Generation MMA with the UK’s best UFC fighters such a Molly McCann and Chris Fishgold.  With Paddy’s humorous attitude and being a fan favourite fighter in Cage Warriors, Paddy really is an exciting prospect.

Paddy made his professional debut in 2012 at Bantamweight in the promotion OMMAC, where he fought the very experienced Nathan Thompson, during the fight Paddy was able to take Thompson down early where he was able to advance position and land a barrage of ground and pound which subsequently forced Marc Goddard to stop the fight.

Paddy would go on to become 4-0 with three finishes across three promotions before suffering his first loss. The loss came in his second appearance in the Cage Warriors octagon. Paddy was facing a tough challenger in Cameron Else. Paddy jumped high for a flying triangle early in the fight, Paddy was then on his back and in attempts of getting back to his feet, Cameron Else was able to get the neck of Paddy and submitting him in the first via D’arce Choke.

Paddy bounced back after his first loss by beating Martin Sheridan at Cage Warriors 65 by unanimous decisions where all three judges scored the contest 30-27. At Cage Warriors 73, Paddy moved up to Featherweight. This would be his first fight on the Cage Warriors Main Card, during the fight he was able to elbow Stephen Martin at the end of the first round. The doctor was called in, between rounds and stopped the fight.

After this, fight for the FCC European Featherweight Championship. His opponent would be then-undefeated French prospect, Kevin Petshi. In the second round of the fight, Petshi would give up his back where Paddy would take advantage and sink in a rear-naked choke to become the FCC European Featherweight Champion. Paddy would go on to then defend his title when he fought Miguel Haro, in the first round Miguel would scramble on the floor in an attempt to better his position but gave up his back in the process, Paddy would once again capitalise on this mistake by sinking in another rear-naked choke.

At Cage Warriors 78, Paddy would fight for the Cage Warriors Featherweight World Championship against the experienced Johnny Frachey where Paddy would win in 95 seconds by ground and pound and he was crowned the Cage Warriors Featherweight champion. Paddy would defend his title at CW Unplugged, against former UFC veteran, Julian Erosa. Paddy was able to get a unanimous decision victory and was on top of the world.

Cage Warriors 82 was headlined by Paddy vs Nad Narimani. Narimani was able to win the fight by unanimous decision and take the Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship away from Paddy after this fight Narmani moved onto the UFC.

After losing the Cage Warriors Featherweight belt, Paddy would move up to Lightweight where he faced Greek standout Alexis Savvidis. During this fight, Paddy was able to get a flying triangle armbar which was voted one of the best submissions of 2018.

After fighting Savvidis, Paddy would face Soren Bak for the Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship, Paddy would have a great first round coming very close to stopping the fight with a rear-naked choke. However, the tables turned after the first, and Bak was able to control the fight and became the Cage Warriors Lightweight Champion.

Paddy would now go on to have a series of injuries and pull-outs from opponents. At Cage Warriors 111, Paddy was booked to fight Belgian striker Donavon Desmae, Donavon would pull out of the fight and be replaced with Former UFC Ultimate Fighter veteran Joe Gianetti. On the day of weigh-ins, Gianetti would come in 7.7 pounds over the 155lbs lightweight limit and the fight couldn’t happen. Paddy was once again booked to fight Donavon Desmae at Cage Warriors 113 but was unable to fight. Davide Martinez would step in to fight Paddy but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Martinez was unable to leave Italy. Decky Dalton stepped in on short notice to keep the fight alive and Paddy was able to finish the fight with ground and pound halfway through the first round.

Paddy is an exciting prospect, with a large following and vast experience. Paddy can retain the Cage Warriors belt and move onto the UFC, training with some of the best fighters in the UK. Paddy is one to look out for!


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