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Muhammad Mokaev’s sacking of Paddy Pimblett over the weekend seemingly came out of nowhere. Both men were victorious at UFC London, but the two are separated by three weight classes and at different stages of their careers. Mokaev is a promising but little-known prospect, so like it or not, Pimblett is on his way to becoming a major star…even if he’s banned from social media.
Turns out the beef might not be so random. MMA Twitter forgets little, a previous online exchange between the two reveals the source. About five years ago Pimblett took issue with Mokaev quitting the Union Jack and representing England as he was not born there. Mokaev wasn’t happy at the time, and he clearly hasn’t forgotten.
The best hope confirmed it while speaking yesterday on MMA hour. He also mentions Pimblett’s previous comments about Georgia, which is the source of his ongoing feud with Ilia Topuria.
“I don’t like this guy,” Mokaev said. “I don’t want to talk too much about him, because in 2019 he said on Twitter [about me] that, ‘This guy shouldn’t be representing England, because he wasn’t born here. He shouldn’t be raising the British flag, he wasn’t born here.
“He spoke badly about Georgians, he spoke badly about immigrants and not being welcoming to the UK, and stuff like that. And people support these type of bulls? It’s wrong. My coach, my team, nobody likes this guy, because he [says] too much about nationality, race and all those things – it’s a low mentality,” Mokaev continued. “It’s a bad mentality when that’s all you have to say about someone.”
I’m all for improving judging and making the criteria more universal, but based on this reading, it looks like judging is once again moving away from 10-8 rounds. That doesn’t seem like the answer to me…
In addition, the ABC plans to publish tables, including a grading scale, with the aim of making the judging criteria clearer and easier to understand. pic.twitter.com/jtsQ0PzyEg
—Marc Raimondi (@marcraimondi) July 25, 2022
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