Paddy Pimblett is hopeful over new UFC deal after banking just £9,000 to fight on London card, with fan favourite insisting he ‘showed how much I am worth’
- Paddy Pimblett was one of the stars of the show at UFC London with big win
- Crowd were in raptures for his octagon walk and he delivered in style
- But he later revealed being paid just £9,000 to fight at the O2 Arena
- ‘The Baddy’ also took home £9,000 for his win and £38,000 performance bonus
- Pimblett is hopeful he will be paid more by the UFC for his next fight
The Liverpool fighter was a huge draw and enjoyed arguably the most attention of anyone on the card. From the octagon walk to his first-round win and post-fight antics on the mic, Pimblett confirmed his star is very much on the rise.
It was then a real surprise when he revealed he had only been paid £9,000 to show, before banking another £9,000 to win and a £38,000 performance bonus for the finish.
Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett defeated Kazula Vargas (right) on the UFC London main card
He was paid the base level to compete and is looking for a new deal to be signed
Pimblett overcame some initial adversity against Kazula Vargas to then earn his second win in the UFC, this time via submission.
The performance and acclaim he received from the crowd leads the 27-year-old to think he will have a fresh deal soon.
He told The Pat McAfee show: ‘I’m hoping we get contract renegotiations after this one cause I proved how much I’m worth the other night with the crowd there.
‘I have my manager doing [negotiations] for me and he’s always had my best interests at heart so I’ll always have him doing it for me.’
The Liverpool native overcame some early adversity to submit his opponent
And even though Pimblett believes he could compete with the best fighters at lightweight, he is only willing to take on big names when the pay matches up.
He went on: ‘It really is genuinely for me whoever they put in front of me. I don’t care. I’ll fight anyone but make sure what I’m getting paid is worth what I’m getting paid to fight this person.”
‘I’m not unrealistic. That’s going to be like a 2025 thing. Something like that. It’s just take it one step at a time and we’ll see, especially now with how my money is.
Pimblett, pictured, celebrating with Molly McCann,
‘If I’m fighting for this amount of money, then I don’t want to fight anywhere near for the title yet. I want to be getting paid championship money even before I fight for the title.’
In the wake of UFC London, Dana White revealed that the organisation plan on returning to the UK for another card this year.
No doubt Pimblett will feature for what will be his third fight in the organisation as his star continues to rise.