Paddy Pimblett Calls Out Charles Oliveira, 'I Would've Put Up a Better Fight' Against Makhachev

The UFC Baddy somehow found a way to praise Makhachev, call out Oliveira, and boost his own profile all in one paragraph.

By Jesse Rowe | December 8, 2022

Paddy Pimblett may have incorrectly predicted that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev at UFC 280, but that didn't stop him from singing Islam's praises and even taking a parting shot at Charles in the process.

The 'UFC Baddy' was answering questions in Las Vegas for UFC 282 media day when asked about the upcoming super-fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Islam Makkhachev. Paddy was heaping the praises of the quality of the matchup, but also took it as an opportunity to harken back to Makhachev’s title fight against Charles Oliveira, and how many people on the internet would call out Paddy for picking Charles to win the fight.

“It’s gonna be a scrap… I got so much shtick for picking Charles against Islam, which is crazy, because a lot of people picked Charles… Charles had fought the better people and I thought Charles was gonna win. Can’t have a prediction anymore?”

While the UK ‘Scouser’ might be annoyed with the peanut gallery on twitter, Pimblett still made sure to give credit where credit is due where Makhchev’s performance against Oliveira is concerned by pointing out how Islam won in overwhelmingly convincing fashion even though he thought Charles would come out victorious. One second later, however, Pimblett immediately drops the quote of all quotes that will the UFC media fed for the next week or two, because The UFC Baddy somehow found a way to praise Makhachev, call out Oliveira, and boost his own profile all in one paragraph.

"People saying I haven’t given props to Islam. I have. He was unbelievable that night. He absolutely dominated Charles. I would've put up a better fight than Charles did that night, to be honest.”

Paddy Pimblett, ladies and gentlemen.

Paddy takes on Jared Gordon this Saturday night at UFC 282. Good luck!

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