clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Midnight Mania! Sean O’Malley warns Paddy Pimblett that weight gain ‘will age you quick’

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight!

UFC Fight Night: Blaydes v Aspinall Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Sean O’Malley is the latest UFC fighter to comment on Paddy Pimblett’s dieting skills (or lack thereof). Everyone from UFC President, Dana White, to UFC Featherweight kingpin, Alexander Volkanovski, has advised him to change his ways and get more disciplined, but that doesn’t seem to have affected “The Baddy.” Just a few weeks ago, Pimblett was happily “putting a little bit of chub rub on” by sampling some of San Diego’s finest cuisine.

Perhaps “Suga” will be the one who gets through to him? O’Malley can likely relate more than most on what it’s like to suddenly become a popular young UFC star, and its not like O’Malley is without any vices of his own. Perhaps that’s why O’Malley advises him against overeating but is also willing to join him for a meal!

“It will age you quick,” O’Malley said on “The Timbo Sugar Show” podcast (via MMA Junkie). “I never really get fat ever, but even when I’m bigger, it’s like I can’t train. I mean, I still can and I feel stronger at that weight, but it’s not realistic. I’m not going to be 159 (pounds) in the cage ever. I get in the cage 155, 154, whatever, so it’s just not good.

“It’s not good. He probably never was really making a ton of money. Now he’s making good money, he’s traveling to the United States, he’s going to L.A. eating all this, all those opportunities. I would love to go eat with him.”

O’Malley is currently scheduled to face former champion Petr Yan at UFC 280. Pimblett, meanwhile, remains unbooked, so it’s unclear when we’ll next see him inside the Octagon.

Insomnia

An update from Francis Ngannou’s foundation!

Alex Perez is being forced to defend his Flyweight high ranking after his recent loss to Alexandre Pantoja.

Petr Yan is cordial in first meeting “Suga” in person.

More UFC flag drama: no Afghanistan flag for Nasrat Haqparast.

Can the UFC survive without this pair of UFC 278 main card fighters?

UFC was right to delete this off the web. This shouldn’t exist.

Ciryl Gane is a special athlete, especially by Heavyweight standards.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

The referee really does not like Arizmendi for whatever reason.

Attacking the neck before sinking in the hooks can actually be an effective way to secure back mount, provided the attacking fighter isn’t too high and at risk of falling off.

Another back mount detail: crossed feet with only one hook in can be an effective form of single leg back control.

Random Land

The birth of a legend! Per a later Facebook post, the goal was accomplished.

Midnight Music: Folk, 1971

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the MMA Mania Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your fighting news from MMA Mania