When asked to break down the sport’s top personalities in an interview with MMA On Point, Pimblett said he liked O’Malley but also called him “b*tch ass” for blaming his loss to Marlon Vera on an ankle injury. While he praised his striking, Pimblett claimed that O’Malley would get beat as soon as he’s put in there with a decent grappler.
O’Malley (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) eventually got word of Pimblett’s comments and thinks the brash newcomer knew exactly what he was doing when he decided to lob a few verbal jabs his way.
“I didn’t know of him until the UFC kinda started posting stuff about him, and I obviously don’t follow him,” O’Malley said on “The MMA Hour.” “So just a bunch of people telling me Paddy’s talking sh*t, so I’m not gonna not talk sh*t back. So, yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know what his beef was with me. As ugly and stupid as he may look, he’s kinda smart. He’s talking about the biggest name in the UFC. I’m clearly one of the biggest draws. I’m the cash cow, and he knows that, so he’s got to use my name. He’s got to say my name.”
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Pimblett (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has made waves since dispatching Luigi Vendramini earlier this month in one of the most impressionable UFC debuts in recent memory. Already emerging as one of the promotion’s most popular personalities after just one fight, Pimblett is certainly a name O’Malley would be interested in fighting down the line despite being two weight classes below him.
“People want to see characters. He understands that,” O’Malley said. “He’s gonna be a character. He’s gonna say what he needs to say. He went out and performed the way he needed to, besides almost getting knocked out, but yeah, I think that could be a potential big fight. We’ll see. That was the first time I’ve ever seen him fight. We’ll see how he does against – similar with me, people want to see me fight top guys. People want to see him fight top guys.”