‘F*** that, I’m not fighting a top 10 on the money I’m on’: Paddy Pimblett insists would seek pay increase to take on ranked UFC opponents after blistering debut
- Paddy Pimblett made flying start to life in the UFC with KO victory on debut
- He is already a fan favourite and tipped for big things within the organisation
- But Pimblett is not willing to take fights against the top 10 without pay to match
- He wants the calibre of opponent to be reflected by the amount he receives
Paddy Pimblett has insisted he will not fight a ranked opponent unless his pay from the UFC significantly improves.
The Liverpool fan favourite made a blistering start to life in the organisation with a first round knockout of Luigi Vendramini last month but slammed the brakes on talk of a much higher ranked opponent.
He is currently on a four-fight deal with the UFC but given his huge and increasing popularity, wants pay to reflect the calibre of opponent he will face.
Paddy Pimblett wants to be paid significantly more to fight a ranked opponent
Luigi Vendramini (right) was rocked and finished by Pimblett in the first round of their fight
The UFC could bide their time with the 26-year-old former Cage Warriors champion and when asked if he would be fast-tracked, Pimblett admitted he does not expect it.
‘No, I think they’ll do the opposite,’ Pimblett said on the Anything Goes podcast.
‘They rushed Darren Till and it’s hindered him where look what they’re doing with O’Malley. Slowly, but surely he’s fighting different people, different people.
‘F**k that, I’m not fighting a top 10 on the money I’m on, lad. Nick Peet was saying he’d like to see me against Tony Ferguson and, lad, I’d like to see me against Tony Ferguson, but not on the contract I’m on now. F**k that.
The lightweight is a rising star but does not think he will be fast-tracked by the UFC
Tony Ferguson is ‘still one of the best’ and Pimblett would want six figures to fight him
‘Get paid that money to fight Tony Ferguson, lad. Yeah, he’s still one of the best 155’ers in the world, lad. I want f*****g six figures, lad, then I’m fighting him.’
Pimblett recently signed a seven-figure deal as a representative of Barstool Sports and evidently has a clear idea of his value.
It remains to be seen who Pimblett will fight next but he was recently called out by American Jared Gordon and simply replied: ‘Let’s do this.’