Paddy Pimblett is just a freak of nature. The UFC lightweight walks around with a belly and chubby cheeks. However, come fight night, he never fails to hit the 155-pound mark.
If you look at Pimblett‘s photos after the fight, when he is not in a training camp; it’s almost unbelievable. However, after multiple appearances inside the UFC Octagon, it seems like fans have gotten used to seeing Pimblett munching on chocolates and burgers while making sure he is a true professional inside the Octagon.
Ahead of his fight against Jordan Leavitt, Pimblett revealed he was on his way to cutting a massive 45-pound to jump the scale to 155 pounds at UFC London. Quite spectacular to say nonetheless. While a case can be made that it’s not really professional from Pimblett. He could pay the price for his huge weight cuts down the line. However, as long as the Scouser is knocking people out, the 200lbs Paddy Pimblett just doesn’t care.
Today, let’s try to understand how Paddy Pimblett cuts down to the UFC’s lightweight limit. Let’s also take a look at the diet he follows both during his camp and outside of it.
Pimblett admits he would rather be fat than dazzle in a six-pack year around
Paddy Pimblett stocked up his fridge with doughnuts and cheesecakes after his win over Rodrigo Vargas at UFC London back in March 2022.
“I’d rather be fat and happy than ripped. These people who are ripped all year round are not happy, I don’t care what they say. This six-pack is sound, I look great but I’d rather be fat and happy,” Pimblett believes.
The sight of Pimblett coming to the post-fight pressers with a pizza has become quite common now. Pimblett’s diet outside of a fight camp is quite simple. He likes to eat, and he likes to eat a lot.
“I eat so many calories it’s unbelievable, on Monday I actually gauged what I ate and I had 10,700 calories. That’s without me doing a food challenge, that’s just me being a fat b****,” Pimblett said.
However, Paddy Pimblett gets a lot more serious once he starts his fight camp and goes through an intense weight cut ahead of his fights.
How does Paddy Pimblett cut weight?
During camp, Pimblett stays away from his cravings and only sticks to vegetables and proteins. Pimblett also reduces his water intake, starting at eight liters and going all the way down to just a liter a day before the official weigh-ins.
Paul Reed, who is Paddy Pimblett’s strength and conditioning coach has high praise for his fighter and takes pride in employing the perfect strategy to get Pimblett down to the 155-pound limit.
15-minute bath, 20 minutes in the towel, and the process is then repeated 3-4 times until Pimblett shreds those extra pounds. On the last day of the camp, just a day before the official weigh-ins, Pimblett goes to bed at 159-160lbs and finds himself at a comfortable 155-pound mark when he wakes up for the official weigh-in.
Always grinding… getting ready for July 23rd👊🏻
— Paddy The Baddy (@theufcbaddy) June 21, 2022
At UFC London in July 2022, Pimblett made weight to face Leavitt at Lightweight. The Englishman went on to defeat the American via second-round KO.