Paddy Pimblett has just become the latest in a long line of UFC veterans to have a sparring match with an internet troll after they were challenged online. Most recently before Pimblett was UFC middleweight competitor Kevin Holland, who took on another online challenger in his local gym. This isn’t exactly a new process at all though, as plenty of fighters over the years have felt the need to accept a challenge from someone determined to earn some credit for beating up a professional fighter. Even Dominick Cruz once accepted a fight with a self-proclaimed ‘ninja’, long before he ever even set foot in the octagon as a UFC fighter.
Of course, Pimblett is part of the modern generation of professional MMA fighters and a big part of his popularity is his personality rather than just his skills in the octagon. That’s not to say that Paddy Pimblett isn’t an incredibly talented striker and grappler of course, but it’s easy to see why fighters like him might attract attention from an internet troll more than the quieter and more reserved athletes. Pimblett has also become known for his YouTube channel, where he regularly posts footage of him training and sparring with all sorts of different people. Just recently, Pimblett actually uploaded footage of him taking on ten US Marines one after the other in grappling matches and comfortably handled each and every one.
This sparring match between Paddy Pimblett and the internet troll started much the same as any other one has before, with the stranger challenging him online. Pimblett was happy to oblige and even booked him a train ticket from Bristol to Liverpool, offering £500 if he was able to survive just a few rounds with him. Surprisingly the stranger actually showed up and the pair put their gloves on, but Pimblett dominated him without really putting any effort in and forced him to quit in less than two rounds.
The footage of Paddy Pimblett meeting an internet troll for a sparring match was uploaded to his official YouTube channel: