UFC star Paddy Pimblett confident of facing Conor McGregor in England v Ireland bout

By Robert Hynes

UFC fighter Paddy Pimblett is confident of landing a massive bout with Conor McGregor.

The Liverpool native made his UFC debut last September, beating Luigi Vendramini via KO in the first round of their bout in Las Vegas.

Including his Cage Warriors career, Pimblett now boasts an impressive record of 17 wins and just three losses.

The 26-year-old is on a four-year deal with Dana White’s promotion, but given his increasing popularity and potential, Pimblett has leapfrogged many UFC fighters to become a household name just one fight into his career within the company.

And he is already targeting a bout with McGregor, who is set to return to the octagon later this year after breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier last summer.

Pimblett told ESPN : “Yeah, besides him because he has the name.

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“I know for a fact if I fought him it would be the most box offices sold ever. Without a shadow of a doubt.

“People want to see him get beat and people want to see him win and people want to see me get beat and people want to see me win.”

When asked how he could get a shot at McGregor, he added: “Cause I’m The Baddy.

"I’ve got a little saying. ‘Everyone loves The Baddy.’ Everyone lad, it’s boss. It’s a great feeling.

“Obviously, you get a few haters and trolls and idiots online on my YouTube and my Insta.

"I get lots of love. It’s 95 per cent love so nowadays I don’t let the 5 per cent hate get to me. I just laugh.”

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