Paddy Pimblett's massive weight increases between fights, according to UFC president Dana White, are detrimental to both parties.
Known for letting himself go in the off months between fight camps, Pimblett (19-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) revealed he weighed up to 200 pounds during this past weekend's UFC on ESPN 41 in San Diego.
The rising British star has never been overweight since joining the UFC roster. White is worried about the harm Pimblett is doing to his body, but he is not going to stop him.
“It’s not good for you,” White told reporters, Tuesday night. “We all know that. We know that fluctuating and cutting that much weight is very bad, and it definitely doesn’t prolong your career. It’s tough on your body and your organs and stuff like that, but listen: He’s a grown man. He can do whatever the hell he wants to do.”
Even though he hopes to return in December, White says it's difficult to arrange matches for Pimblett since he has to reduce so much weight.
“It makes it tough for us too, because when we’re in the matchmaking room, we want to throw together a fight, maybe we can throw him on a card in a month, a month-and-a-half, it hurts us too,” Pimblett said. “We have to be very specific when we plan fights for him, because he’s nowhere near close to weight, and what you don’t want to do is put that kind of pressure to cut that much weight in that short amount of time.”
Pimblett won his third consecutive Performance of the Night bonus with a second-round submission of Jordan Leavitt at UFC Fight Night 208 in London. The patriotic native of Liverpool, who has quickly risen to become one of the most popular fighters on the roster, says he is probably finished competing in the United Kingdom until the UFC holds a stadium show in his hometown.