British MMA star Paddy Pimblett has signed a bumper new contract with the UFC ahead of his third Octagon appearance, according to his manager Graham Boylan.
“The Baddy” quickly became one of the biggest names on the UFC roster after scoring first-round stoppage victories and a legion of new fans in his first two fights.
Pimblett was one of the main attractions when the UFC returned to London for the first time in three years in March.
That’s why fight fans were shocked to learn that they were only guaranteed to win $12,000 (£9,000) to fight at the event.
Luckily, he doubled his purse with a win – a common advantage in the UFC – and he ended up earning an extra $50,000 bonus for finishing his opponent.
Worst-case scenario Pimblett would have left UFC London with just £9,000, but he took home over £51,000 instead, and now things have changed dramatically as his next fight approaches. .
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Boylan, who in addition to managing fighters like Pimblett, Molly McCann and Jai Herbert, also runs London-based MMA promotion Cage Warriors, recently addressed the outcry over the contract of his most famous fighter.
“Everyone comes into the UFC with a standard contract. It doesn’t matter what you do, you have to go prove yourself,” Boylan said. Mirror Fighting after CW 140 in Belfast.
The Irishman then revealed that Pimblett had signed a new contract ahead of his next fight and was now making a lot more money as a result.
“I can tell you emphatically now that contract is gone, it’s gone – he’s on f****** a lot of money now. It is what it is, but I’m just happy for him,” Boylan said.
Pimblett is expected to make his first move into opposition when he takes on Jordan Leavitt at UFC London on July 23.
The American is 10-1 and has three wins in his first four fights in MMA’s premier promotion.
In his first two fights, Pimblett fought against Kazula Vargas and Luigi Vendramini who had both lost UFC records and have since been knocked out by the organization.