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Ronnie O’Sullivan accepts sparring challenge from UFC star Paddy Pimblett

‘He’s informed me I’ve acquired to get within the cage’: Ronnie O’Sullivan will swap the Crucible for the octagon as he ACCEPTS Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett’s sparring challenge

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan has agreed to spar UFC star Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett 
  • The enigmatic duo have developed an unlikely friendship in current weeks 
  • O’Sullivan was in attendance as Pimblett wowed the group at UFC London
  • Pimblett was then current as O’Sullivan defeated Mark Williams on Thursday
  • O’Sullivan, 46, will change into snooker’s world No 1 for a fifth time subsequent week

Ronnie O’Sullivan will swap the Crucible for the octagon as he tries his luck within the cage towards Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett after accepting the UFC star’s sparring challenge.  

The snooker legend, 46, was in attendance as Pimblett starred at UFC London earlier in March, because the Liverpool fighter earned his fourth-straight win by submitting Mexico’s Rodrigo Vargas within the first spherical. 

Pimblett swiftly returned the favour as he travelled over to North Wales to look at O’Sullivan in motion, the place ‘The Rocket’ arrange a semi-final towards Neil Robertson with victory over Mark Williams on the Tour Championship on Thursday. 

Ronnie O'Sullivan has incredibly agreed to spar UFC's latest star Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett

Ronnie O’Sullivan has extremely agreed to spar UFC’s newest star Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett

O'Sullivan was in attendance as Pimblett choked out Rodrigo Vargas at UFC London

O’Sullivan was in attendance as Pimblett choked out Rodrigo Vargas at UFC London

O’Sullivan, who is about to overhaul Mark Selby as snooker’s world No 1, has developed a maybe unlikely friendship with the UFC star in current weeks, with a session within the octagon now on the agenda.  

‘I’m positively going to attempt to do some sparring with him, once I subsequent go to Liverpool he has informed me I’ve acquired to get within the cage,’ he stated. ‘And I’m effectively up for that, it’s all health. 

‘I went to Paddy’s final struggle in London on the O2 with Damien Hirst, as a result of he is a large fan of UFC and is aware of the large bosses. We had been sitting entrance row watching Paddy and Molly McCann too, and it was a terrific night time.

‘I’ve acquired to know Paddy over the previous couple of weeks. He is an excellent, pretty man and goes to be an actual celebrity. Well, he’s already actually however he’s going to be mega, he has that X-Factor. 

‘He simply has an aura, everyone seems to be speaking about him. It was bizarre, my son was like, “You went to the UFC, Paddy’s a legend” and he cherished it once I despatched him an image of us.’ 

The pair first met in Liverpool in February whereas O’Sullivan was taking part in at The Merseyside Masters at St George’s Hall, after which he described the UFC star as ‘a one off’.   

O'Sullivan and Pimblett have developed a friendship after meeting in Liverpool in February

O’Sullivan and Pimblett have developed a friendship after meeting in Liverpool in February

O’Sullivan is not only a fan of Pimblett, nonetheless, however UFC as an entire, insisting the game is not as influenced by ‘politics’ as boxing. 

‘What I like about UFC over perhaps even the boxing is that you’ll by no means get a simple route,’ he stated. 

‘You should struggle whoever they are saying you’ll struggle. In boxing there’s a number of politics concerned, and fighters get to struggle sure fighters and keep away from sure fighters,’ he added.

‘So the general public will be frauded that some are higher than they are surely as a result of they keep away from the true, correct fights. 

‘But in UFC that doesn’t occur a lot, they know that in the event that they need to be the guvnor then they have to struggle one another. That’s the one factor I actually like.’

Meanwhile, Pimblett is open to combating Ilia Topuria subsequent, following their resort scuffle previous to his most up-to-date victory.

There was a short confrontation throughout which Pimblett threw a bottle of hand sanitiser on the Georgian’s head earlier than the pair had been separated.

Topuria has repeatedly referred to as Pimblett out on social media and whereas the Liverpool fighter is just not fastened on anybody, he can be open to meeting Topuria if he is the person the UFC determine is subsequent.

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