UFC lightweight Drew Dober has been vocal about his desire to fight rising star Paddy Pimblett, but as of yet, the match-up has not materialized. Despite this, Dober sees plenty of potential in the young fighter, but believes he still has some growing up to do.
Comparing Pimblett to Jake Paul
During UFC 288 media day, Dober compared Pimblett to Jake Paul, the controversial YouTuber-turned-boxer who has come under fire for the level of his competition. While Dober acknowledged Pimblett’s ability to bring in attention, he believes there is more to the potential match-up than just a catchy name.
Excitement for the O2 Arena
Dober stated that his primary interest in fighting Pimblett lies in the possibility of competing at the O2 Arena in London. He expressed his excitement at the idea of fighting in front of the English crowd, which he believes would be an incredible experience.
Signs of immaturity
While Dober sees plenty of potential in Pimblett, he also noted that the young fighter has some growing up to do. Dober pointed to Pimblett’s tendency to balloon up in weight in between camps as a sign of immaturity. However, he believes that with the right guidance, Pimblett will mature and develop into a top-level competitor.
Conor McGregor-esque potential
Despite his criticisms, Dober believes that Pimblett has the potential to become the next Conor McGregor. He stated that if Pimblett continues to improve in the areas he needs to and maintains his social status, he could become a dominant force in the UFC.
In conclusion, Dober sees potential in Pimblett, but believes he still has some growing up to do. He views the young fighter as an exciting name in the sport, but also sees the possibility of a match-up at the O2 Arena in London as a major draw. With the right guidance, Dober believes that Pimblett could develop into a top-level competitor and a Conor McGregor-esque superstar.