Pimblett starts diet after 10,000-calorie binges made him heavier than Fury

Paddy Pimblett has begun a diet after his 10,000 calorie binges led to him weighing more than Tommy Fury.

The UFC lightweight is known for piling on the pounds between training camps, most recently after his submission victory over Kazula Vargas at UFC London in March. Just two weeks after the bout, Pimblett weighed a staggering 200lbs having gained 45lbs thanks to an 10,000 calorie binge off the back of his second UFC win from two fights.

That weight gain made him eligible to compete in the UFC's light-heavyweight division and made him heavier than boxer Fury, but he has now started a diet.

'The Baddy' was recently asked by The Schmo whether he would be fighting on the next UFC London card, which was today confirmed to be taking place on July 23.

"Yeah, that's more than likely. That's half the reason I'm on a diet now," confirmed the 27-year-old, who has admitted to having three main meals and two desserts a night during his binges.

He was even seen scoffing an entire pizza at his post-fight press conference after beating Vargas at the O2 Arena last month as he admitted he is happier when fat than with a six-pack.

"I'd rather be fat and happy than ripped," he revealed. "These people who are ripped all year round are not happy, I don't care what they say. This six-pack is sound, I look great but I'd rather be fat and happy.”

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The UFC have confirmed they will be returning to London and the O2 Arena for UFC Fight Night 212 on July 23, with fans hopeful Pimblett will feature.

One potential opponent for the Liverpudlian is Georgian fighter Ilia Topuria, after the pair were involved in a scuffle during fight week at UFC London.

However, Pimblett has played down talk of facing Topuria and is not keen on fighting a ranked contender yet either, at least not until he gets a new contract, adding: "I still want another few fights first.

"I'm not getting ahead of myself. I know I'm not ready for anyone ranked yet, especially in the lightweight division. I need to win another four fights before even thinking about getting another opponent.

"Hopefully after this next fight they want to give me a new contract but we'll see. That's the goal, more zeros on that bank balance. I wanna get another two fights in this year, maybe even three times."

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