UFC star Paddy Pimblett has refused to fight higher ranked opponents unless he is paid more money.
The combat athlete made his move to the UFC last month and announced himself with a stunning first-round TKO win over Luigi Vendramini at UFC Fight Night 191.
Including his Cage Warriors record, Pimblett has 17 wins to his name, as well as three losses.
The 26-year-old is on a four-year deal with Dana White’s promotion, but given his increasing popularity and potential, the star wants his salary to reflect the calibre of opponent.
The Liverpudlian fighter began his career at featherweight, where he was a champion in Cage Warriors, but now fights at lightweight after making the switch in 2018.
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However, when he's out of competition the MMA star can rise up a massive five weight divisions – all because of his love of cheat meals – and has done just that in recent weeks.
But in the opinion of the former Cage Warriors competitor, he does not expect to be fast-tracked.
“No, I think they'll do the opposite," Pimblett said on the Anything Goes podcast.
“They rushed Darren Till and it's hindered him where look what they're doing with O'Malley. Slowly, but surely he's fighting different people, different people."
He added: “F**k that, I'm not fighting a top 10 on the money I'm on, lad. Nick Peet was saying he'd like to see me against Tony Ferguson and, lad, I'd like to see me against Tony Ferguson, but not on the contract I'm on now. F**k that.
“Get paid that money to fight Tony Ferguson, lad. Yeah, he's still one of the best 155'ers in the world, lad. I want f*****g six figures, lad, then I'm fighting him.”
It is unclear who Pimblett’s next opponent will be, but after American Jared Gordon called him out, he replied: “Let’s do this.”
Last month the Scouser offered to fight YouTube sensation Jake Paul in a boxing match.
“He’s a sausage. I’d fight him tomorrow, and I’d beat him up," he told MMA Crazy.
"I f**king would. Save the embarrassment, and then you can get a tattoo done over."
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