Ronnie O’Sullivan has revealed he’s accepted an offer to step into the cage and train with future UFC star Paddy Pimblett.
Six-time world snooker champion Rocket Ronnie was at UFC London with his friend Damien Hirst.
He was cageside to see Pimblett submit Rodrigo Vargas in the first round of their lightweight clash at the O2 Arena and also witnessed Molly McCann’s knockout of the year.
O’Sullivan, 46, revealed he has since struck up a friendship with the Liverpudlian UFC star.
He told the Daily Express: “I will definitely try to spar with him, next time I go to Liverpool he told me I had to get in the cage.
“And I’m all for that, it’s all about fitness.
“I went to Paddy’s last fight in London at the O2 with Damien Hirst because he’s a big UFC fan and knows the big bosses.
“We were sitting in the front row watching Paddy and Molly McCann too, and it was a great night.
Most read in Sports
‘I Want To Hurt Him Really’ – The One Man Tyson Hated – He Even Decided Not To KO Early
Hall argues Thor fights streaming to level him McGregor vs Mayweather
Iranian Hulk Accused Of Photographing Footage As Ford Knocks Down ‘Small’ Opponent
‘F***ing disgusting’ – video of Danny Williams still fighting at 48 emerges
Former world darts champion Ted Hankey charged with sexual assault
‘Fish always stinks from the head’ – Ex-F1 boss is strong on Aston Martin owner
“I’ve gotten to know Paddy over the past few weeks. He’s a great, lovely guy and he’s going to be a real superstar – well, he already really is, but he’s going to be mega, he’s got that X -Factor.
“What I love about the UFC, maybe even boxing, is that you’ll never get an easy route. You have to fight whoever they say you are going to fight.
“In boxing there is a lot of politics involved, and fighters have to fight certain fighters and avoid certain fighters.
“So the public can be deceived that some are better than they really are because they avoid real fights.
“But in the UFC it doesn’t happen so much, they know if they want to be the governor they have to fight. That’s the one thing I really like.
“It was just an amazing atmosphere at the O2, with 17,000 people and Paddy rocked the place, he was the star of the night with Molly.
“He just has an aura, everyone talks about him.
“It was weird, my son was like ‘You went to the UFC, Paddy is a legend’ and he loved it when I sent him a picture of us.
“We had breakfast together in Llandudno the morning of my game with Mark Williams, all my Liverpool friends knocked it off.
“There are a few guys, and we had a few beers afterwards.”
Betting offer of the day
888Sport: Get 7/1 Man Utd to win or 40/1 Leicester – CLAIM HERE
Deposit at least £/$/€10 using promo code 888ODDS • Bet up to £/$/€5 on your selection at normal regular market odds • If your selection wins, we’ll pay you the normal price and any additional winnings from the advertised enhanced prize will be paid out to you as free bets • Free bets are awarded within 72 hours and expire after 7 days • Free bet stakes are not included in returns • Deposit balance is available for withdraw anytime • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods and countries and full terms and conditions apply 18+ begambleaware.org