O’Malley adds his voice to that of former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and UFC president Dana White, who have all been critical of Pimblett.
O’Malley is on good terms with lightweight star Pimblett (19-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC), but he believes the fighter needs to seriously control his weight.
“It will age you quick,” O’Malley said.
“I never really get fat ever, but even when I’m bigger, it’s like I can’t train. I mean, I still can and I feel stronger at that weight, but it’s not realistic. I’m not going to be 159 in the cage ever. I get in the cage 155, 154, whatever, so it’s just not good.
“It’s not good. He probably never was really making a ton of money. Now he’s making good money, he’s traveling to the United States, he’s going to L.A. eating all this, all those opportunities. I would love to go eat with him.”Never in his UFC career has Pimblett failed to make weight. At UFC Fight Night 208 in London in July, “The Baddy” submitted Jordan Leavitt in the second round to earn his third consecutive Performance of the Night bonus. On October 22 at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, O’Malley will face ex-bantamweight champion Petr Yan in the main event.