Sunday 11 December 2016

One of MMA's hottest prospects has made an audacious bet on a future fight with Conor McGregor

Tom Rooney

Published 10/09/2016 | 09:47

Conor McGregor celebrates after winning his welterweight bout against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. Pic: Sportsfile
Conor McGregor celebrates after winning his welterweight bout against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. Pic: Sportsfile

While Conor McGregor has more pressing matters on the horizon, one of Europe’s most promising young fighters has placed a sizeable wager that, within four years, he’ll have defeated the Dubliner.

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Just ask Nate Diaz, a bout with Conor McGregor yields the type of windfall that the vast majority of mixed martial artists will never come close to earning.

Their unexpected but thrilling rivalry, contested over two compelling showdowns, has seen Diaz go from a rank and file underpaid member of the UFC roster to a bone fide multi-millionaire – all in the space of six months.

Say what you will about McGregor, but his ability to generate capital for those thrust into his slipstream is undeniable.

When combining this with his penchant for belligerent braggadocio, it’s unlikely the Crumlin man will ever be pressed to find an opponent.

But it’s not just the UFC’s elite who are gunning for the Crumlin man - meet Paddy 'the Baddy' Pimblett, the 21-year-old Liverpool native making waves on the European circuit.

Like McGregor, Pimblett is quite sure of himself, though his record is nothing to sneeze at.

Currently 11-1, he takes on Johnny Frachey for the vacant Cage Warriors featherweight title - which was once held by the Notorious - at Liverpool’s Echo Arena tonight.

The submission specialist has said that, should he prevail this evening, his next stop is the UFC.

With that in mind, he’s made a £2k (€2,362) bet, at 5/1, with Paddy Power that before the end of 2020, McGregor will fall victim to his skill-set.

And, it’s all for a worthy cause. Should Pimblett make good on his wager, all the money will go to the Fight for Autism charity.

“I’m not afraid of anyone, I’ll take them on, anywhere, anytime – McGregor included,” Pimblett proclaimed.

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