'Cowboy' Cerrone believes he will face Paddy Pimblett in March

‘The old dog goes against the shiny new trinket’: UFC legend Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone believes he will face rising star Paddy Pimblett in March, claims Chael Sonnen

  • Paddy Pimblett made spectacular UFC debut with first-round KO victory
  • Fans are eager to know who Liverpool fighter will face next in the octagon
  • Legendary UFC fighter Donald Cerrone has been touted as an option
  • Chael Sonnen revealed that ‘Cowboy’ thinks Pimblett will be next for him 

Paddy Pimblett could face UFC legend Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in just his second fight for the organisation. 

The Liverpool fighter made a spectacular debut with a first-round KO win over Luigi Vendramini back in September and fans are eagerly anticipating his next step. 

He is regarded as a future superstar, given his exciting ability combined with a captivating personality on the mic and it seems the UFC could fast-track him. 

Paddy Pimblett made a scintillating start to life in the UFC with a KO win on his debut 

Donald Cerrone (right) could be the next man in line to face the Liverpool fighter next year 

Former UFC star turned pundit Chael Sonnen was recently working on a film set with 38-year-old Cerrone and revealed that ‘Cowboy’ thinks Pimblett will be his next fight in the spring. 

Sonnen said: ‘I’m sitting with Cowboy in between doing takes, and Cowboy had told me two days ago “I am fighting March fifth”.

‘And he says, ‘what do you know about this Pimblam, Paddy, Pavley, Patty, Plimblin?’

Sonnen added: ‘I said ‘you are talking about Paddy the Baddy’.

‘So, he’s (Cerrone is) on something known as the Internet, he brings up Paddy. Paddy’s at 155. So, Cowboy starts saying ‘yeah, I think maybe this is my guy.

‘I told Cowboy, that’s exactly the kind of fight Dana is looking for – the old dog goes against the new shiny trinket.’

Pimblett is a lightweight and ‘Cowboy’ has recently been fighting at welterweight, although he should still be able to compete at 155-pounds. 

The American is in desperate need of a win having failed to have his hand raised since 2019. 

He remains a big name and fan favourite, who Pimblett could use to boost his profile and accelerate his ascent in the lightweight division with a win. 

Luigi Vendramini (right) was rocked and finished by Pimblett in the first round of their fight

But the 26-year-old has previously spoken about wanting more money from the UFC if he is to be matched up with higher profile opponents so time will tell if a deal can be struck. 

Sonnen was recently involved in an incident in Las Vegas at Luxor Hotel and Casino during which he is alleged to have been in a fight. 

He is alleged to have committed a misdemeanor battery against five separate victims. A police spokesperson said: ‘Sonnen was issued a battery citation for each individual victim, then escorted off property. Due to the fact the misdemeanors were committed outside of a police officer’s presence, an arrest was not conducted.’

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