Paddy Pimblett vs Donald Cerrone Could Happen- Chael Sonnen Gives His Take

Published 12/19/2021, 6:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: Paddy Pimblett of England reacts after knocking out Luigi Vendramini of Brazil in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Reportedly, Chael Sonnen and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone are working on a movie together. The film involves Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and some other fighters in the cast as well. That, however, isn’t the only good news for the combat sports community. Notably, Chael Sonnen has claimed that ‘Cowboy’ is looking for a fight. Interestingly, he has Paddy Pimblett in his crosshairs.

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In a video on his YouTube channel, Chael Sonnen affirmed Cerrone is looking to make a grand comeback. He claimed that ‘Cowboy’ has already contacted the higher authorities in the UFC for the match in March 2022.

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Here’s what Sonnen said, “Sitting with Cowboy in between doing takes, and Cowboy had told me two days ago ‘I am fighting march fifth’”

Cerrone then asked Sonnen what he knows about ‘The Baddy.’ “And he says, ‘what do you know about this Pimblam, Paddy, Pavley, Patty, Plimblin?’ I said you are talking about Paddy the Baddy.”

Sonnen continued, “So, he’s on something known as the internet, he brings up Paddy. Paddy’s at 155. So, Cowboy starts saying ‘yeah, I think maybe this is my guy.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 04: In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Paddy Pimblett of England punches in their lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 04, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

At last, Sonnen claimed Cerrone texted the Head of talent acquisition and UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to set up a fight. “‘Cowboy’ turns his face to me. He’s texting Sean. He was texting Sean Shelby right then.”

A fight with Pimblett can prove to be the booster Cerrone needs. If it happens in Britain, it might be good news for the ‘Cowboy’ fans out there as Paddy Pimblett is hugely popular in the United Kingdom. The young star is massively talented and knows how to pack a stadium with his fights.

What’s ahead for Paddy Pimblett?

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Paddy Pimblett is an immensely talented prospect for the UFC. The 26-year-old holds a magnitude of talents in and out of the ring. Because of this reason, fans often compare him to Conor McGregor. Although Pimblett (17-3) may be young, he has the same aggression in the cage and a flair with the mic outside of it.

Given his hype, the UFC might plan to make him the next big face for the United Kingdom. They tried with Darren Till after Michael Bisping’s retirement, but ‘The ‘Gorilla’ couldn’t stand up to their expectations.

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What are your thoughts about a possible matchup between Paddy Pimblett and ‘Cowboy?’ Tell us in the comments below.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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