“I just can’t wait to get in there, it’s going to be unbelievable.” These were the words of Paddy ‘The Baddy” Pimblett as he heads down to London to face American, Joe Giannetti.
Former featherweight Cage Warriors champion Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett, steps back into the cage on Friday night in London following a devastating loss last time out. Falling short on points vs Søren Bak for the lightweight title, the scouser will be looking for a statement victory, after coming agonisingly close to a submission stoppage via Rear Naked Choke.
With “The Baddy’s” original opponent pulled out of the contest, which saw UFC veteran, Giannetti step in on 10 days’ notice. For most fighters this can be an issue, however, having a mentality of just wanting to fight Pimblett isn’t bothered in the slightest.
“He only took the fight a week ago, so I’ve just been doing little tweaks this week. Little bits on the pads and Jiu jitsu. I’m that weird and awkward that people can’t prepare for me, so I don’t really look too much into my opponents’ game, I don’t need to.”
After completing his training camp, Paddy is fully prepared and ready to step into the octagon to face Giannetti. This wasn’t the case for his Lightweight title fight after injuries in camp limited what training he could do.
“The last camp was stress, every camp you get a few little niggles or injuries but none that cause you to stop training,” Pimblett told MerseySportLive.
“That camp I couldn’t do Jiu jitsu, I couldn’t do striking, I couldn’t do wrestling or strength and conditioning.
‘You live and learn, and I still never got finished. This time around I’ve been doing strength and condition every day, it’s why I don’t look like a child anymore and I look like a man.”
Pimblett is confident in his own ability and rightly so, considering some of his highlight-reel finishes. Stepping into the octagon with an ex UFC fighter who has only lost one fight has had no effect on the 24-year-old’s thoughts. Heading into the fight ‘The Baddy’ isn’t expecting it to be a long night’s work.
“I’m focused on being the first person to finish him, he’s getting finished in the first round, simple as that. I’ll be very disappointed if I go to the third round, second round latest,” he said.
“I really reckon I can knock him out with my hands, or I can catch him with a high kick when he’s walking out.”
Liverpool’s Pimblett is itching to get that winning feeling back again, saying, “I can’t wait, leading into this it feels like my debut again, I’m that excited. I just can’t wait to get in there, it’s going to be unbelievable.”
With three world title fights headlining the bill, Paddy has the opportunity to steal the show with an emphatic finish.
Fans will be hoping to see the acrobatic Pimblett pull off another flying triangle or find a similar finish to continue the hype surrounding the lightweight contender, with it being the perfect opportunity to put himself in the shop window for a shot at the UFC.
Check out our earlier article, talking to Pimblett’s opponent, Joe Giannetti as he prepares to face the Scouser.
Photo courtesy of Pimblett’s Instagram