Dillashaw: Pimblett is 'DESTROYING' his body and will not be champ

Paddy Pimblett is ‘DESTROYING’ his body and will never become UFC champion if he keeps binge eating between fights, claims drug cheat TJ Dillashaw – who was banned for two years after failing anti-doping test

  • Paddy Pimblett is one of the UFC’s most exciting rising stars at lightweight 
  • Liverpool fan favourite is renowned for binge eating outside of fight camps 
  • TJ Dillashaw has criticised Pimblett and says that approach will hold him back 
  • Ex-champions said: ‘If you keep that work ethic, he’ll never be UFC champion’

Paddy Pimblett is ‘destroying’ his body and will never be a UFC champion unless he changes his approach, claims TJ Dillashaw. 

The ex-bantamweight champion, who returned in January after a two-year ban for using performance-enhancing drugs, criticised ‘The Baddy’ for what he consumes between fights. 

Pimblett is renowned for ballooning in weight between training camps before he knuckles down and sheds the pounds when he’s preparing to enter the octagon. 

Paddy Pimblett ballooned up in weight after cutting down for his fight at UFC London and TJ Dillashaw has claimed he will never be champion with his current work ethic 

Dillashaw was banned for two years but criticised Pimblett for what he puts in his body

He previously said: ‘I’d rather be fat and happy than ripped. These people who are ripped all year round are not happy, I don’t care what they say. 

‘This six-pack is sound, I look great but I’d rather be fat and happy.’

But Dillashaw criticised that approach. The American told The Schaub Show: ‘He’s loving diabetes. That’s like a recipe for just destroying your body. I guess there’s one thing if I’m looking at it.

‘They can promote him the right way and he might have what it takes to get into the higher echelons of the UFC, but if you keep that same work ethic he has now, then he’ll never be UFC champion. 

‘You can’t have that down time like that, you can’t get that fat and out of shape. It just proves the dedication you need to do what you do.

‘The Baddy’ enjoyed down time in California after winning against Kazula Vargas

‘I’m not trying to clown on him but that’s something he’s going to have to figure out with age, right? 

‘He’s young and this is a full-time job. This isn’t a job where you want to be a fighter. You have to be a fighter.’

Former bantamweight champion Dillashaw was caught using the drug Procrit, a man-made form of erythropoietin that prompts the body to increase red blood cell production. 

He failed an anti-doping test conducted by USADA and readily admitted taking the performance-enhancing drug so his ability to criticise any fighter’s choices is questionable.  

Pimblett tucked into cheesecakes, donuts, ice cream and plenty of Easter eggs after beating Kazula Vargas in March at the O2 Arena. 

He has won his first two fights in the UFC by first round finishes and is planning to repeat the trick when he faces Jordan Leavitt in London on July 23. 

The former Cage Warriors champion is unlikely to pay any heed to Dillashaw’s warning and has not struggled to make weight during his time in the UFC. 

Few can question Pimblett’s results and he has won both of his UFC fights  

Leavitt recently said he was surprised by Pimblett accepting the fight with him, telling The Schmo: ‘Honestly I was a bit offended because he’s been kind of picking fights that are easy.

‘I’m like, I must have looked really bad in my last fight to get this fight, so very flattered, kind of offended, but also excited.

‘I’m kind of excited because they’re gonna get quiet when I finish the fight,” Leavitt said. 

‘They’re probably gonna riot when I twerk on them, so I’m excited. I’m really excited to meet him, I think he’s hilarious, I think the fight’s gonna be a lot of fun, and I’m intrigued to see how it’s gonna go.’

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