Former flyweight king Demetrious Johnson appears to have been angered by Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett’s refusal to test himself against top-flight opposition in the UFC.
The Liverpool native has notched two first-round finishes since joining the company in 2021 and has quickly become one of the most exciting prospects on the roster.
Despite this, Pimblett was only paid £9,000 to fight at UFC London and demanded a new contract before agreeing to face better opponents.
“I wouldn’t take a top 15 fight,” Pimblett said after submitting Kazula Vargas in one round at the O2 Arena last month.
“I’ll be honest, boy, I wouldn’t. Add a few extra zeros to my contract and I’ll do it. I think I proved tonight that I deserve a new contract. Not that little standard.
“Mighty Mouse” understands that Pimblett is underpaid right now, but struggles to come to terms with the fact that an up-and-coming fighter is hesitant to face the best.
Johnson recently explained how his approach to climbing the ladder differs in earnest from the one Pimblett takes now.
“My state of mind the day I was fighting, [my coach] Mast [Hume] says, “We’re just fighting,” Johnson, who has defended his flyweight title 11 times, told The MMA Hour. “That’s what we do. Don’t worry about the money, the money will come. Just keep fighting, keep fighting.
The current ONE Championship contender has revealed he only made $3,000 to fight at the start of his career.
Johnson has since continued to cement his legacy as one of the best fighters in MMA history and has become a rich man by challenging himself against the best.
The 35-year-old was recently in action at ONE X on March 26 when he defeated Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a mixed rules bout.