Wayne Rooney was present at the UFC event in London. The soccer star went backstage to congratulate Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann on their stellar performances at UFC Fight Night 204.
Watch the behind-the-scenes interaction between Rooney and the fighters below:
That wasn’t the only interaction the Pimblett-McCann duo had with the 36-year-old football veteran on the night. ‘Meatball’ was in the crowd during Pimblett’s fight against Rodrigo ‘Kazula’ Vargas. After the 27-year-old’s impressive win, McCann was overjoyed and started celebrating with the former Manchester United man.
Watch a clip from the moment below:
McCann took on Luana Carolina in a flyweight bout on the event’s main card. Throughout the fight, ‘Meatball’ was getting the better of his opponent. When it looked like the fight would go to a decision, McCann landed a vicious back elbow on Carolina, knocking her out cold in the third round.
While celebrating her win, the 31-year-old grabbed a replica UFC title from one of the audience members and started walking with it.
Pimblett also made quick work of his opponent and finished him in the very first round with a rear-end choke.
Both fighters received a “Performance of the Night” bonus for their incredible finishes and took home a check for $50,000 each. With the wins, “The Baddy” and McCann are now on two-fight UFC winning streaks.
Paddy Pimblett plans to start his own charity
During his appearance at the post-fight press conference, Paddy Pimblett said he hoped to make as much money as UFC superstar Conor McGregor. ‘The Baddy’ added that he plans to start his own charity so he can give back to the people of Liverpool.
“I hope I end up making as much money as Conor McGregor, my boy. No kid in my town will ever eat from the food bank again. I’m going to give back to my town and to something I planned. doing for the past few months is starting my own charity and I think after this fight I’m going to get there.”
Watch Paddy Pimblett’s post-fight press conference below:
With the submission win, Pimblett is now riding a four-fight winning streak. His MMA record currently stands at 18-3. Considering the popularity he’s gained with just two fights in the promotion, there’s a good chance ‘The Baddy’ will be fighting in the co-main or main event of a UFC fight card when he does. next appearance.