Gary Neville couldn’t believe what he was hearing when rising UFC star Paddy Pimblett revealed how heavy he was between fights.
The Liverpudlian has had a stellar start to life in the UFC with two first-round finishes in his first two fights, the last of which came at UFC’s ultra-successful London event in March.
Pimblett, who is open about his love of junk food, had a fun-filled celebration of his win for a few weeks and the results were pretty amazing.
The lightweight division’s limit is 155 pounds, but the fighter quickly ballooned to 205 pounds, which equates to lightweight and heavyweight.
“People tell me, ‘Oh, you’re fat,’ and they think I’m struggling,” Pimblett told Neville on the latest episode of The Overlap.
“I still have 14.5 kg [32lb] to lose [before UFC London]. It’s nothing. About six weeks ago I weighed 93 kg [205lb] and I fight at 70kg [155lb] – that was me being fat. It comes to me quickly though. i am 85.2kg [188lbs] this morning.
The Manchester United legend let out an audible gasp as ‘The Baddy’ revealed his weight between fights before the UFC star explained how he manages to put on weight so quickly.
“That was when I was in America, drinking three gallons of Coke and eating about 7,000 calories a day, easy,” Pimblett said.
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“The Monday after my fight, I came home. I just went to get some screens [food] That day. I went to eat a big Nando in the evening and only ate chocolate all day. I counted my calories, and I had eaten 11,000 calories without trying.
The 27-year-old insists that despite having fun between fights, he is a consummate professional and will have no problem putting on weight for his next fight with Jordan Leavitt on July 23.
“We struggled [to make weight] in the past when we were not professional about it, but now we are very professional about it, so we [don’t]said Pimblett.
The former Cage Warriors featherweight champion is on his way to superstardom after attracting a legion of new fans since joining the UFC in 2021.
He will face his first step in competition when he takes on another prospect in Leavitt, who is 10-1 and has three wins in his first four UFC fights.
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