The UFC’s newest star Paddy Pimblett has received the backing of MMA legend Georges St-Pierre following a brief meeting between the two in Manchester last month.
St-Pierre, who is one of the most popular fighters in UFC history, believes ‘The Baddy’ has got everything it takes to become a huge draw in the promotion.
The former welterweight and middleweight champion senses an authenticity from Pimblett that paired with his fighting skills could take him all the way to the top of the sport.
“I met him briefly in England, in Manchester, he’s very charismatic, he’s good,” St-Pierre said on the PBD podcast.
“To be successful in this business of fighting you need to be skilled but more than that you need to be charismatic.”
GSP added that original characters in MMA have become hard to find since Conor McGregor established himself as the biggest UFC star of all time by trash-talking his opponents.
“In order to be charismatic, a lot of guys feel they need to trash talk and imitate Conor McGregor but you don’t have to do that,” St-Pierre said.
“I sold a lot of pay-per-views because I was just authentic to who I am.
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“I think Paddy ‘The Baddy’ is very authentic. I think he is a very charismatic guy, he’s got a weird style. I really enjoy watching him fight and I think he’s gonna be a star. He’s still a star but he’s gonna be even more of a big draw, the sky is the limit for him.”
Pimblett appears to be on the verge of superstardom after picking up first-round stoppages victories in his first two fights under the UFC banner.
The 27-year-old survived an early scare to knock out Luigi Vendramini inside one round in his UFC debut, before quickly submitting Kazula Vargas at UFC London in March.
Pimblett is expected to return to the Octagon on July 23 at London’s O2 Arena, but as of right now, it’s currently unclear who the lightweight prospect will fight next.