British star Paddy Pimblett burst onto the UFC scene in 2021 and has delivered a handful of exciting performances, but more so, a ton of unfiltered thoughts and opinions. The latter playing as big of a part in Pimblett’s popularity as his winning ways inside the octagon. Pimblett hasn’t minced his words regarding his opponents and more recently, had a lot to say about the famed MMA journalist, Ariel Helwani.
Paddy accused Helwani of many things in his interview with Dana White, including that Helwani earns his money off of the fighters, but does nothing to help them financially.
“Start paying people for these interviews that you make thousands, and thousands, and thousands from. And I know that now because I make money off of YouTube. So, I know how much he earns off YouTube of all his interviews while he says “you’re doing it for exposure” no you’re not. You’re doing it to put money in your pocket Ariel, you little rodent.”
Paddy Pimblett says Ariel Helwani is no longer a journalist and is simply a biased content creator
Paddy Pimblett had a lot more to say about Helwani and went as far as to question Helwani’s journalistic integrity as he called him out for being biased and even holding grudges against fighters.
“I hate all these journalists, especially the ones what earn off us. Ariel Helwani, in particular, loves earning money off fighters. Every decent job he’s had, he’s been sacked from. And now he’s just a biased content creator. He hates on you, hates on the UFC, and he even hates on me now. It proper annoys me.”
Pimblett even accused Helwani of being a hypocrite as Helwani has been very outspoken on the way UFC treats their employees and yet, Helwani has never offered a paid interview for the fighter’s time and effort.
“He uses fighters for clicks, uses fighters to make money, and then has the audacity to talk about the UFC and yourself, saying that they don’t pay the fighters enough. Get your dough out, Ariel.”
This only seems like the beginning of what could be an ugly back-and-forth between Helwani and Paddy Pimblett as Helwani has fired back at his critics in recent times.
Paddy Pimblett blasts “rodent” Ariel Helwani alongside Dana White on his recent podcast episode 🤯
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