Ronnie O’Sullivan grapples with Paddy Pimblett as he ventures into MMA after seventh world snooker title

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RONNIE O’SULLIVAN would love nothing more than to get dirty after winning his record seventh world snooker title.

The 46-year-old Rocket is taking an extended break and plans to see his UFC pal Paddy Pimblett at a gym in Liverpool for some advice.

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World snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan said he plans to train in MMA in the futureCredit: Getty
Snooker icon O'Sullivan has said he will soon be training at Paddy Pimblett's gymnasium in Liverpool

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Snooker icon O’Sullivan has said he will soon be training at Paddy Pimblett’s gymnasium in LiverpoolCredit: Getty

O’Sullivan fell in love with mixed martial arts when he went to a fight night with fellow artist Damien Hirst.

The world number 1 said: “I’ve always been a boxing fan, but then I watched a few UFC fights and loved it.

“Grappling, there’s such a skill involved in that, and then there’s the fighting side.

“I’m into the UFC, cage fighting, even the Cage Warriors, guys coming up.

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“Some of these fights are brutal because they want to get to the UFC and they are fighting for their lives there.

“I went to Paddy’s gym to watch his drills and was open at the time to getting into a cage to do a bit of sparring.

“At some point I will go to the Liverpool gymnasium and struggle.”

After equalizing Stephen Hendry’s Crucible record, many are already calling Essex’s greatest Potter snooker of all time.

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But the man himself is too modest to make a Muhammad Ali and call himself the best in history.

O’Sullivan said, “I just love playing and competing. Does it really matter who is the greatest? For me, that’s not the case.

“It’s just great to be at the top of your sport.

“I won’t consider myself the best if I win eight. No not at all. I don’t want to be considered the greatest.

“I want to be known as someone who loves snooker and just loves to play. That’s it.”

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