Everyone was shocked when rising Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star, Paddy Pimblett, revealed he was contracted to make just $12,000 to show and $12,000 to win for his fight against Rodrigo Vargas at UFC London.
Add in a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus and the popular Liverpool fighter walked away with $74,000, which was still a pittance considering how much media and fan attention Paddy “The Baddy” brought to the event.
Fortunately, the days of Paddy being maddy about his pay situation are over. His manager, Graham Boyland, confirmed Pimblett is now on a much more fair and equitable contract with UFC moving forward.
“Everybody goes into the UFC on a standard contract,” Boylan told Mirror Fighting. “There’s no difference what you do, you have to go and prove yourself. I can categorically tell you now that contract’s gone, that’s gone - he’s on f—ing big money now. It is what it is, but I’m just happy for him.”
UFC’s demand that Pimblett enter the promotion on the standard basic fight contract had kept “The Baddy” out of the promotion for years. Pimblett made way more money fighting for his manager Boylan’s Cage Warriors promotion, where he filled arenas in the United Kingdom from 4,000 to 11,000 capacity. Eventually, he ended up going into UFC on its financial terms, and quickly proved fans around the world are just as excited about Pimblett as regional British fans were.
Pimblett returns to action at the next UFC London show against the unranked, but tough, Jordan Leavitt. As weeks went on following the announcement of the second O2 Arena show in 2022, it was a big question mark as to whether “The Baddy” would be on the card (see it here). But, now we know the reason he was finally added: UFC agreed to increase his pay, and now the “People’s Main Event” will once again carry a big energy into the arena on July 26, 2022.