Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, a rising UFC star, has a message for fat shamers and fans who doubted his ability to compete at lightweight: “kiss my arse.”
After the weigh-in for this weekend’s UFC London, where Pimblett will face American MMA fighter Jordan Leavitt, the Scouse fighter stepped on the scales at his fighting weight of 156lbs and sent a message to his detractors. “Kiss my arse to everyone who attempted to fat shame me or suggested I’d withdraw out,” he stated. Pimblett then turned around, lowered his trousers, and mooned the assembled media.
Pimblett has previously said that he is not the kind of athlete who prefers to maintain his weight between bouts, preferring to be “big and happy.”
Pimblett said after his first UFC win against Luigi Vendramini that his weight had skyrocketed from 155.5lbs to over 200lbs, which is “what happens when you go out and eat three major meals and two desserts every single night.”
However, after his second triumph, a submission victory over Rodrigo Vargas, Pimblett was questioned by a reporter whether he ever misses his six-pack when he “blows up” between bouts. The Huyton native responded in classic ‘The Baddy’ fashion.
“I’d rather be big and happy than ripped,” Pimblett said. “These folks who are torn all year are dissatisfied. I’m not bothered, no matter what people say. I have a good six-pack and I look good, but I’d rather be big and happy.”