Paddy Pimblett will make his first outing as a lightweight when he takes on Greek prospect Alexis Savvidis at Cage Warriors 90 at the Echo Arena on Saturday. However, The Baddy isnt ruling out a return to featherweight in the future.
After some troublesome cuts in the past, he finally thinks he has his weight under control.
To put it into perspective, at the same time ahead of my last fight at featherweight I was 77 kilos (170 lbs), I had 12 kilos (26 lbs) to lose, Pimblett told MMA Fighting.
Today I woke up at 72.8 kilos (160 lbs), so Ive got 2.5 kilos left to make championship weight in this division.
After losing his featherweight belt in his last bout against Nad Narimani after five rounds in April, many felt as though lightweight would be Pimbletts permanent home. Yet, he thinks he will drop down again once he has secured a lightweight title.
I probably will move back down to featherweight, but I want to get the lightweight belt first. Then we can take a look at featherweight again. Its possible now because Ive started to be more professional. I feel like Ive really switched on, he said.
I had a team from a university with me last time to help the cut, and if anything I think they made things worse. They were giving me these little cups of something like Red Bull so I would be able to get through sessions, but it did f*ck all. This time I hooked up with SA Nutrition, and theyve really sorted me out, I couldnt ask for anything more. Im in the best shape of my life.
Pimbletts Next Generation teammate, Cage Warriors lightweight champion, Chris Fishgold, recently declared he would move down to featherweight after a successful title defense at Cage Warriors 88. Pimblett revealed that they had decided to stay in separate weight classes in the past, but things changed when hitting the featherweight limit became difficult.
A few years ago we were asked what weight we wanted to fight at, Pimblett recalled.
At the time I was heavier than Fishy but I still wanted to do featherweight. Thats just the way I am, I wanted to do featherweight, but I shouldve probably done lightweight hes had an easier run anyway, hasnt he? he quipped.
I committed to featherweight and it ended up biting me in the arse a little bit. So, now, Im planning to get this lightweight title and then I can go back down to feather and win my belt back. Its still my f*cking belt.
Being the headline act for a show in Liverpool is commonplace for Pimblett, but this time he will open the main card, with another Next Generation teammate, Molly McCann, set to top the card in her flyweight title fight with Bryony Tyrell.
Cage Warriors has cleverly placed its most recognizable star, Pimblett, alongside McCann in the lead up to the event to promote the show, and The Baddy has been happy to lend a hand.