New UFC signing Paddy Pimblett is already creating enmity between himself and different fighters within the promotion due to allegedly xenophobic feedback he made.
The 26-year-old Liverpoolian joined UFC after a profitable stint at Cage Warriors, the place he gained the featherweight championship.
Georgians closely criticized ‘The Baddy’ after he wrote a tweet that was thought-about offensive by many as he trash-talked UFC fighter Guram Kutateladze. The tweet has since been deleted, but it surely learn:
“Lad, how stupid are these Georgians, man. No wonder the Russians terrorize their lives.”
UFC Women’s Featherweight Liana Jojua, from Georgia, criticized Paddy Pimblett for his inappropriate feedback over her motherland.
“If this guy thinks that this is somehow funny or appropriate, then I don’t know what to say. My grandparents, just like a lot of other innocent people, were killed during the war. I feel ashamed that this kind of people represents our sport,” mentioned Jojua.
Paddy Pimblett defended himself from the allegations, claiming that he was unaware of the violent historical past that the 2 former Soviet republics share in frequent.
“I’m not being racist to Georgians at all, man. Jesus Christ, everybody is a snowflake nowadays,” mentioned Paddy Pimblett.
“Lad, I didn’t even know that! I just thought that Guram dude looked like a poor man’s Khabib. So [I] called him a fake Russian. I literally had no idea they took offense to it, then they all went mad,” he added.
The Russo-Georgian is a sophisticated political, cultural, ethnic, and geographical battle that has had a number of developments during the last lots of of years.
The most fashionable battle was an armed dispute in 2008 that concerned the Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and lasted solely 12 days.
Paddy Pimblett apologizes to the folks of Georgia
After the extreme backlash from Georgians on social media, Paddy Pimblett got here ahead to concern apologies for his feedback concerning the nation located within the Caucasus.
“I would like the Georgian people to understand that I had no idea about the history between Georgia and Russia. I’m a fighter, not a historian or politician. I didn’t know what had gone. The people seem to think I said it with malice when I had no idea of the past,” mentioned Pimblett.
Liana Jojua acknowledged Pimblett’s efforts to make peace and determined to forgive him for his improper feedback on Georgia.
“It’s very easy to tweet something stupid and then delete it the moment your *ss gets burned. However, it takes real courage to publicly apologize to the people you have offended just because you wanted to get under somebody’s skin, Paddy Pimblett,” wrote Jojua.