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Paddy Pimblett reveals secret to losing 50 pounds ahead of UFC 282

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What Paddy Pimblett eats, Paddy Pimblett must eventually burn. That’s the unfortunate reality of getting pig fat after every UFC win. In a new video on his YouTube channel, “The Baddy” laid out what he’s doing to lose 50 pounds and get back into shape for UFC 282 on Dec. 10, 2022.

The video joins Pimblett halfway through his fat loss process, 30 pounds down from his absolute heaviest in the summer.

“Obviously, every single camp you do, when you get to fight week you’re like, ‘Best camp of me life, best camp of me life,’” Pimblett said. “The last camp was the worst camp of me life. I literally got back from America and I had seven weeks to make weight, UFC announced that [UK] date and I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to have to fight on it, aren’t I?’ It’s in the O2. I had like seven weeks to lose like 20 kilo (44.1 pounds) ... and I done it.

“Where I’m at now, I’ve got nine kilo to lose,” he continued. “I’ve done more than that overnight. I’ve done 8.4 kilos (18.5 pounds) overnight before. I can do 9 kilos (20 pounds) in four weeks.”

After stuffing his face with up to 10,000 calories per day, Pimblett said he was down to 1,500 calories per day, carefully prepared by his friend and former training partner, Joel McCarthy, a.k.a. “The Macro Chef.” A typical week’s worth of meal servings are made up of items like protein pancakes, protein granola, chicken salad wraps, burger patties and barbecue chicken burritos.

“Roughly, he’s eating and consuming between 1,400 and 1,700 calories on a day,” McCarthy said. “It makes it a whole lot easier that I’m a qualified chef as well, I’ve been through fight camps, I’ve cut weight, I’ve made weight. We have got the knowledge of healthy food and unhealthy food.”

“It just makes my life ten times easier, and they’re delicious, I don’t know how many calories are in ‘em,” Pimblett said. “There’s no rocket science to it, it’s not hard. Get yourself in a calorie deficit. Why do you think I get so fat? Because I go from eating like 1,500 to 2,000 calories a day to eating 8,000 a day. That’s why the weight piles on. And that’s why it comes off so easy. Well, not proper easy, but Macro Chef makes it easy.”

Pimblett fights Sanford MMA-trained fighter, Jared Gordon (19-5 ) at UFC 282, and while Gordon isn’t ranked at Lightweight, he is another small step up in competition for Pimblett, who remains unbeaten in UFC with three straight wins.


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