Dana White doesn’t think Paddy Pimblett will be the next Conor McGregor. According to the UFC president, McGregor is a one-off case and will never be replicated.
However, as per White, there is a similarity between the way both Pimblett and McGregor were welcomed by UFC fans. The 52-year old recently told Nik Hobbs of Sky Sports:
“Listen, they’re two totally different people. And you know, there will never be another Conor McGregor. But Paddy will have his… you know however his career’s gonna go, you know, however that whole thing plays out. I usually don’t compare guys to other guys. Paddy though, it is very much like Conor in that, right into the UFC people were interested and he had a lot of fans.”
Watch Dana White’s interview with Sky Sports below:
Like Conor McGregor, Paddy Pimbeltt made his way into the UFC after making a name for himself in Cage Warriors. While Pimblett was the lightweight champion in the feeder league, McGregor held both the lightweight and featherweight titles during his time.
However, Pimblett was dethroned by the time he signed with the UFC, unlike McGregor, who came in as the two-division champ.
Paddy Pimblett on a potential fight with Conor McGregor
Paddy Pimblett is confident that he will be the biggest name for the UFC by the end of 2022 barring Conor McGregor. Pimblett also believes that a potential fight against ‘The Notorious’ could result in the highest selling bout in UFC history. ‘The Baddy’ recently told ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto:
“I think I’m going to go 3-0 in the UFC and I’m going to become the biggest box office name they’ve got… besides Conor McGregor. Yeah, besides him because he has the name. I know for a fact if I fought him it would be the most box offices sold ever. Without a shadow of a doubt. People want to see him get beat and people want to see him win, people want to see me get beat, and people want to see me win.”
Watch Pimblett’s interview with ESPN MMA below:
Paddy Pimblett made his UFC debut against Luigi Vendramini in September last year. Pimblett scored a huge comeback victory via first-round TKO after getting rocked early. The Liverpudlian is now scheduled to face Rodrigo Vargas at UFC London this weekend.