UFC new star Paddy Pimblett has received support from MMA legend Georges St-Pierre following a brief meeting between the two in Manchester last month.
St-Pierre, who is one of the most popular fighters in UFC history, thinks “The Baddy” has what it takes to become a huge draw in the promotion.
The former welterweight and middleweight champion senses an authenticity in Pimblett that, coupled with his fighting skills, could take him to the top of the sport.
“I met him briefly in England, in Manchester, he’s very charismatic, he’s good,” St-Pierre said on the PBD podcast.
“To succeed in this fighting business, you have to be skilled, but more than that, you have to be charismatic.”
GSP added that original MMA characters have become hard to come by since Conor McGregor established himself as the biggest UFC star of all time by talking to his opponents.
“To be charismatic, a lot of guys feel they need to gossip and emulate Conor McGregor, but you don’t have to,” St-Pierre said.
“I sold a lot of pay-per-views because I was just being authentic to who I am.
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“I think Paddy ‘The Baddy’ is very genuine. I think he’s a very charismatic guy, he’s got a weird style. I really like watching him fight and I think he’s going to be a star. He’s still a star but he’s going to be even more of a big draw, the sky’s the limit for him.
Pimblett looks set to become a superstar after picking up first-round stoppage victories in his first two fights under the UFC banner.
The 27-year-old survived a first scare to knock out Luigi Vendramini in one round on his UFC debut, before quickly submitting Kazula Vargas at UFC London in March.
Pimblett is set to return to the Octagon on July 23 at the O2 Arena in London, but at this time it is unclear who the lightweight prospect will fight next.