In 2016, Pimblett defeated Julian Erosa (27-9 MMA, 5-5 UFC) in a razor-thin decision for the Cage Warriors featherweight championship. Since then, both Erosa and Pimblett have made it return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He's quickly risen to become a fan favorite.
“He’s doing good, and good for him,” Erosa said.
“I think he’s a little less active than most, and that’s his own prerogative.”
Julian Erosa continued,
“I don’t have any kind of resentment or anything toward Paddy himself,”
“When I fought Paddy, I was a bit more upset with the whole situation of, his manager was also the promoter of the show. I didn’t even actually see him officially make weight.
“He was over a couple of pounds and then he said he was going to go cut the weight and come back and make it, and I ended up leaving because it had been an hour and a half and I wanted to go eat. So I didn’t even see him make weight. Just small things like that that kind of got to me. But if I was in his shoes, I’d probably be doing the same thing. I would take advantage of everything that he was taking advantage of when I fought him.”