UFC bantamweight Cameron Else has accused Paddy Pimblett of refusing to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
The claim comes after ‘The Baddy’ previously insisted talking about a fight between him and the MMA legend was a ‘clickbait’.
Earlier this year, Chael Sonnen suggested the UFC wanted to take on its new rising star against one of the sport’s veterans in a fight that got fans excited, only for Pimblett to quickly dismiss the rumor and accuse Sonnen of using its name for the weight.
Else, who was the first man to beat Pimblett and is also good friends with Cerrone, has now confirmed that Sonnen was telling the truth after all.
“Paddy turned down the fight,” Else told talkSPORT.
“Cowboy was offered Paddy, because Cowboy immediately sent me a message like, ‘Hey, I’ve got this Paddy’.
“I said, ‘You’re going to destroy him, he won’t take the fight.’ Then Cowboy comes back, and his exact words were, ‘That b**** said no, he wouldn’t take the fight.’
“I know that Paddy freed [a statement] saying he wasn’t offered Cowboy, but he was definitely offered.
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Pimblett recently insisted that he would not increase his level of opposition until he was given an improved contract by the UFC.
Despite being a former Cage Warriors champion with a legion of fans, the Liverpudlian only earns £9,000 per fight before bonuses.
Else added of Pimblett: “Now his fallback is, ‘The UFC got me on this contract. Why should I be on that money to fight someone like Cowboy?
“I totally get it, Paddy is doing it the right way.
“I mean, you have to find a better manager. I think his manager [Graham Boylan] is s*** to be honest. Even have Paddy on an incoming base salary [to the UFC] these are poor management skills.
“Paddy definitely declined the fight, and he was offered to Cowboy.”
“The lead killer” [10-5] set to make his second UFC appearance on Saturday in Las Vegas when he faces Aoriqileng [20-11] on Amanda Lemos’ undercard against Jessica Andrade.
Else suffered a second-round TKO loss to Kyler Phillips in his promotional debut 18 months ago.
The 34-year-old has since been sidelined with a hand injury and VISA issues, but is now set to add to his ten career wins which all ended in first-round stoppage – so don’t blink!
Watch Cameron Else take on Aoriqileng at UFC FIGHT NIGHT: LEOMS vs. ANDRADE on Saturday, April 23, live on BT Sport 1. Coverage begins from midnight, with prelims on UFC FIGHT PASS from 11 p.m.