Paddy Pimblett is looking to continue his meteoric rise to stardom this weekend (Saturday, December 10, 2022) at UFC 282 in Las Vegas, Nevada at T-Mobile Arena.
The Liverpool, England native wasted little to no time bursting onto the UFC scene, winning his first three fights all by way of finish to huge crowd reactions. Former UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya also found himself rapidly rising to high levels of fame upon his arrival in the promotion.
Looking at Pimblett’s rise with that co-main event looming opposite Jared Gordon looming, Adesanya can’t help but praise the lightweight prospect.
“To what extent do they build it? Not even really them, he just builds himself,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel. “He built it, but they definitely made the rig for him.
“Outside the cage, that’s where you stand out because a lot of these guys [at Lightweight] are super talented, but you don’t know who they are,” he added. “They don’t speak out. Everyone is different. You don’t have to express yourself outwardly and be this extrovert like Paddy is when he’s promoting and so on.
“The Last Stylebender” always found pride in keeping things real and never playing during his rise to the top of his division. However, everyone is different, and how stars are born can happen in many ways, as he believes he and others before Pimblett are living proof of that.
“One of my favorites was Gunnar Nelson,” Adesanya said. “He was just a guy who, when he was one of the best welterweight fighters, but then he said like two words. It was his expression of himself, his true, authentic expression of himself. I feel like it’s Paddy too.
“The guy who really expresses himself and a lot of people don’t and I feel like that’s why they miss big opportunities,” he concluded. “But then you stand out from the rest with spectacular performances and you also have the ability to express yourself authentically, you surpass a lot of guys who have been around longer. Believe me, I know, I did.
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