UFC prospect Paddy Pimblett put Arsenal icon Ray Parlour in a choke hold as they playfully squabbled over an unpaid bar bill.
‘The Baddy’ is currently preparing to face Jared Gordon at UFC 282 in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on December 10.
Ahead of the biggest fight of his life, Pimblett spoke with the former Premier League footballer and NaijaOnPoint Breakfast Show host on their PubTalk podcast.
The 27-year-old chatted about Liverpool, MMA, mental health, and YouTube boxing before taking part in a skit with Parlour who he forced to pay the bar bill.
Initially, the former Arsenal winger refused to pay the fictional £8,000 tab and comically pointed out that he had been through a divorce – which made Pimblett momentarily break character.
However, the 49-year-old soon changed his tune when the MMA fighter put him in the rear-naked choke that has helped him become a big star since joining the UFC last year.
Before forcing Parlour to ‘tap’ and pay the bill, Pimblett spoke about YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul who he somewhat rates despite doubting the legitimacy of his 6-0 record.
“Jake Paul is actually not that bad now, even though I think his fights are fixed,” he said.
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“I don’t think the Tyron Woodley knockout was fixed because when you get knocked out like that and you land face first, if you’re not unconscious you’re going [puts arms out]. You can’t help it that’s a human reaction
“But I seen an angle of a punch he hit Anderson Silva with the other day when he sat down, and he didn’t even hit him.”
Before he was signed to the UFC, Pimblett was a champion in Cage Warriors and the most popular fighter on the roster due to his charismatic personality and impressive fighting skills.
After amassing a 16-3 record, he was signed to the MMA leader and scored an epic knockout win in his promotional debut before picking up back-to-back submission wins with the same choke he used on Parlour.
Now, he’s on the cusp of superstardom ahead of his pay-per-view debut which just got bigger after Jiri Prochazka’s injury forced a UFC 282 reshuffle that means Pimblett is the new co-main event.