UFC newcomer Paddy Pimblett sure knows how to generate attention ahead of his UFC debut next month, hilariously labelling lightweight GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘the Karen of MMA’.
Pimblett put Nurmagomedov on blast after the former UFC lightweight champion disrespected Mike Tyson as a guest on ‘Iron Mike’s’ Hotboxin’ podcast.
Oh, and he also thinks Khabib has the worst fanbase in the world — yes, even worse than Team McGregor.
“Yeah, it’s just an opinion, lad,” Pimblett said during an interview with Submission Radio (h/t Low Kick MMA). “The way that I explained it is, opinions are like arseholes — everyone’s got one. So, you’ve just got to get on with it, haven’t ye? Like, the Khabib (Nurmagomedov) fans online are worse than the Conor (McGregor) fans now. It’s embarrassing. You can’t say a bad word about him. I said that he’s not the GOAT, but said that he is the 155 GOAT, and people took no notice of that just, ‘Oh, you said he’s not the GOAT, this and that’. I started getting called a Muslim hater because I said he wasn’t the greatest of all time. And he’s not. I don’t care what anyone says, he’s not the GOAT. You’ve got to have longevity in this sport to be the GOAT, and he hasn’t had longevity. He had three title defenses. Jon Jones has had what, 12?”
“He’s (Khabib Nurmagomedov) become the Karen of the MMA scene, ain’t he?” Pimblett added. “See him on the podcast with Mike Tyson the other day? He’s going, ‘Can you put this fast food away and this weed?’ No, lad, it’s his (Tyson’s) podcast. he’ll do what he wants. Shut up. You’ve been invited on as a guest, lad, do as you’re told, you divvy.“
Pimblett (16-3 MMA) is the former Cage Warriors featherweight champion. The Liverpudlian will make his long awaited octagon debut against Brazilian lightweight Luigi Vendramini at UFC London on Sept. 4.
Khabib, on the other hand, is retired.