The UFC featherweight contender Ilia Topuria has made it clear that he has no interest in stepping into the cage with Paddy Pimblett. Instead, he is focused on his upcoming fight at UFC 298 against Alexander Volkanovski. Topuria, coming off a decisive victory over Josh Emmett, sees this as his opportunity to claim the featherweight championship title.
For Ilia Topuria, this fight represents more than just a shot at gold; it is a chance to prove himself as a potential superstar in the sport. While he has entertained the idea of facing other high-profile fighters like Conor McGregor and Sean O’Malley, Paddy Pimblett is one opponent he is not interested in confronting.
Despite a longstanding feud between the two fighters, Topuria has made it clear that he has no intention of facing Pimblett in the octagon. The Spanish fighter expressed his feelings towards Pimblett during an interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, stating that the animosity between them is too personal for a professional fight to be viable.
Topuria went on to criticize Paddy Pimblett’s performance in his last fight, labeling it as “embarrassing” and likening him to a “beginner.” Although Pimblett secured a significant victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 296, Topuria was unimpressed and questioned the level of skill displayed by his opponent.
As Ilia Topuria prepares to square off against Alexander Volkanovski, Paddy Pimblett’s future in the octagon remains uncertain. While the British fighter has expressed interest in competing at UFC 300 in April, Topuria has firmly shut down any possibility of a future bout between them.