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Morning Report: Dana White: Paddy Pimblett has ‘Conor McGregor vibe,’ sees PPV fight next

Dana White
Drake Riggs

Dana White sees big things in the future for one of the UFC’s newest stars.

Paddy Pimblett has been perfect thus far inside the octagon, securing three consecutive finishes in his first handful of appearances. Starting things off at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas on September 2021, Pimblett received a raucous ovation after his first-round knockout of Luigi Vendramini despite the small crowd in attendance.

It’s been off to the races for “The Baddy” in his past two fights as both took place in London where he’s had his countrymen eating out of the palm of his hand from the start of the walkout to the arena exit. Seeing the numbers on just his social media accounts alone White is getting a familiar feeling as the ascent continues for the 27-year-old lightweight prospect.

“This kid — to talk about championship stuff right now, it’s a little too soon, but he’s got that Conor McGregor vibe,” White told media after the Season 6 premiere of the Contender Series (h/t TheMacLife). “When he walks out, when he’s in the arena, the way that the fans receive him, the way that the media covers him, the way that the people who search for content...

“I wanna show you something, this is pretty amazing. On my Instagram, this is me, not UFC or whatever ... Paddy Pimblett’s faceoff ... the main event, the heavyweights, [Curtis] Blaydes and [Tom Aspinall] did 203,000 views on my Instagram. Paddy Pimblett’s faceoff did 1.7 million. Isn’t that crazy? I’ll give you another example, ‘F—k It Friday’ is massive. Massive. It did 1.3 million on mine. [Then] it was Molly [McCann] drinking the Howler Head [whiskey] with the thing (wig) on, that did two million. So, those two together, yeah, they’re powerful, man.”

Before Pimblett’s most recent victory over Jordan Leavitt this past Saturday, he was getting the feeling that it was time for a change of scenery and that he has begun to outgrow The O2 Arena. He just may get his wish as White seems to have a brief, but solid, idea of where his new star will be headed next.

“I think what we do next is we take him to either Boston or New York and he ends up on pay-per-view then you bring him to Vegas,” White said.


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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Cub Swanson (28-12) vs. Jonathan Martinez (16-4); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 15

Katlyn Chookagian (18-4) vs. Manon Fiorot (9-1); UFC 280, Oct. 22


FINAL THOUGHTS

Paddy is definitely a star, but the Conor comparisons inside the cage aren’t exactly there just yet. Maybe they don’t need to be though?

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