Paddy Pimblett explains when he will stop gaining weight after hitting 200lb

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Paddy Pimblett has outlined two reasons which will stop him gaining large amounts of weight between fights having enjoyed plenty of luxury food since his UFC London heroics.

The 27-year-old Liverpudlian hero secured a third consecutive UFC victory with a second successive rear-naked choke victory at The O2 Arena in July – this time over Jordan Leavitt.

Having headed to the United States, where his next bout will be later this year, Pimblett sat down to speak to the media while attending UFC Fight Night: Vera vs Cruz in San Diego.

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When asked about his post-UFC London eating habits, Pimblett said: "It's been going well. I haven't ate yet today, I just had a little protein bar on the way here and a cup of tea.

"I haven't eaten and been for a little run but I'm going to eat well tonight don't worry about that, I'm going to make up for it."

Adding when asked of his current weight: "About 200 (lbs)."

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He said when asked if that weight gain was normal: "Dunno, you could say that, you could not say that."

Adding: "When I'm a bit older and I start fighting ranked opponents I will keep my weight down but for now I enjoy putting a little bit of chub rub on."

Following his most recent, and third consecutive, UFC victory – Pimblett had expressed concerns over some of the reactions to his weight gain.

Having said after his previous victory: "I'd rather be fat and happy than ripped. These people who are ripped all year round aren't happy. I'm not ar*ed, I don't care what they say. This six-pack is sound and I look great, but I'd rather be fat and happy."

Pimblett spoke to Daily Star Sport back in March in regards to his weight gain – admitting to treating himself to huge quantities of luxury food.

He told Daily Star Sport: "I had a little two weeks off last time, but I'm getting back in the gym so I won't be too fat.

"(But) I eat so many calories it's unbelievable. On Monday I actually gauged what I ate. And I had 10,700 calories. And that's without me doing a food challenge. That's just be being a fat b******."

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