Paddy Pimblett is confident that a match between himself and Conor McGregor would be the most lucrative in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Even though McGregor is still the greatest name in MMA and has won two UFC titles, Pimblett has become one of the promotion’s most popular fighters. He believes a bout with Conor would set records for attendance and buys.
“It would be the biggest pay-per-view that the UFC has ever seen, like put it that way, goes without saying,” Pimblett said.
Currently, the record is held by McGregor’s fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, which sold almost 2.4 million pay-per-views.
A prospective rematch between Pimblett and McGregor might be derailed if McGregor moves up in weight class.
“I think when Conor comes back, he’ll be fighting at 170 (pounds),” Pimblett said.
“He’ll struggle to make 155 now to be honest. He’s looking big. But I respect Conor, you know what I mean? What he’s done for this sport, he’s done a lot more than most of the people that have done this sport, and I think he gets a bad rep, like he doesn’t get the respect he deserves.”
“Yeah, get that paper, you know that,” Pimblett said.
“No brainer, you know what I mean? Anybody that says no to fight Conor is an idiot, simple as that. I bet you (Rafael dos Anjos) regrets pulling out of that fight years ago. Bet you that’s the biggest regret of his life.”