MMA legend Chael Sonnen believes Paddy Pimblett showed ‘future champion’ potential in controversial decision win over Jared Gordon at UFC 282

Chael Sonnen is the latest MMA legend to offer Paddy Pimblett some positive words following his controversial win at UFC 282.

The Baddy stretched his perfect UFC record to 4-0 with a unanimous decision win over Jared Gordon at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night.


Pimblett is now 4-0 as a UFC fighter

All three of the UFC 282 judges scored the nip-and-tuck fight 29-28 in Pimblet’s favor but his opponent, some fellow fighters, and many fans think the decision should’ve gone the other way.

Following criticism from Nate Diaz, Henry Cejudo, and Jake Paul, the 27-year-old received some words of encouragement from MMA’s biggest star, Conor McGregor.

Notorious tweeted: “Congrats paddy the baddy this weekend. Doing all the right things despite what you’d think. Great stuff. Onward. #anotherone”

Sonnen also believes that Pimblett is doing everything right so far in his UFC career and takes issue with people suggesting he was found lacking against Gordon this past weekend.

“There was a real belief after that fight, ‘Paddy is not as good as we thought he was, he’s been exposed,'” he said on his YouTube channel.

“Excuse me, that is so incredibly rude to Jared Gordon. Who by the way, went into that fight with a 19-4 record. That dude is a hammer, with some of the best coaches and training in the world.”

Gordon and many others think he did enough to win at UFC 282


Gordon and many others think he did enough to win at UFC 282

Sonnen was impressed by what he saw from The Baddy


Sonnen was impressed by what he saw from The Baddy

“Gordon came to play, make no mistake. Paddy found himself in a fight that was harder than he knew it was going to be, but he responded.”

The retired UFC middleweight and light-heavyweight title challenger insists everything he’s seen from Pimblett so far leads him to believe the Englishman will become a champion.

Sonnen added: “I have not seen anything from Paddy that shows me anything less than potential to be a future champion.

“I have seen him deal with adversity, I’ve seen guys try to grapple with him, I’ve seen guys get him tired. I saw him get cracked in his chin and that would’ve put anybody down.

“You guys go back and watch that fight and you watch a left hook straight on the bone. He didn’t flinch, turns out Paddy is a pretty tough guy.”

Pimblett is expected to have his fifth fight in MMA’s premier promotion when he returns to London on March 18 for UFC 286.

However, he must first get medically cleared after complaining about foot and hand injuries during his post-fight press conference at UFC 282.


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