“I’d Rather Be Fat and Happy”- UFC Lightweight Paddy Pimblett Shares a Body Positivity Message

Published 03/21/2022, 7:28 AM EDT

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Being an MMA fighter comes with a lot of sacrifices. There are several fighters in the UFC who absolutely love food. Welterweight Jorge Masvidal is famous not only for his spectacular fights but also for his craze over food. Similarly, one of UFC’s upcoming stars, Paddy Pimblett, also likes food.

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The lightweight fighter is known to gain quite a lot of weight when he is not in camp. In the recent post-fight press conference, ‘The Baddy’ was questioned if he ever misses his six-pack when he gains weight. However, it seems like he does not. Instead, the fighter said that he would rather be fat and happy.

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Pimblett said, “I’d rather be fat and happy than like ripped and, like these people who are ripped all year round aren’t happy. I’m not arsed. I don’t care what you say. This six-pack is sound. I look great, but I’d rather be fat and happy, lad.”

It looks like Pimblett likes to experience both sides of the world: a world-class athlete as well as someone who loves to gorge on food. While a few fans have been concerned about him gaining weight outside of fights and later reducing it, it doesn’t seem to have affected his performance.

The 27-year-old fighter is just two fights old in the UFC. During his first fight with the promotion, he won through a T/KO. His second fight was on March 19, which he won via submission in the first round. As a result, his future in the UFC looks promising.

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The 18-3-0 professional record holder has been fighting since 2012. He has also been the featherweight champion at Cage Warriors. His latest first-round submission win against opponent Rodrigo (Kazula) Vargas shows his expertise in the sport. Further, apart from sporting a four-fight winning streak, the fighter also has finished his last four fights in the first round itself.

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So, with the British fighter making the most out of fighting and food, his career ahead would be interesting to follow.

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.
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