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Paddy 'The Baddy' Pimblett lost his verification status on Twitter and was suspended by the social platform, just hours before his victory over Jordan Leavitt at UFC London.
The 27-year-old lightweight contender extended his unbeaten run in the UFC to 3-0 on Saturday night with a second-round submission victory over Las Vegas-born Leavitt.
After making his opponent tap with a rear naked choke early in round two, Pimblett delivered an emotional post-match interview, where he dedicated his victory to a friend lost to suicide.
If you listen to anything today, listen to what Paddy Pimblett has to say.— SPORTbible (@sportbible) July 23, 2022
A class message. pic.twitter.com/3MY7C5sxLe
Pimblett went on to speak about his victory in a press conference alongside fellow Liverpudlian, Molly 'Meatball' McCann.
And in the post-fight presser, the former Cage Warriors featherweight champion reacted to having his Twitter account suspended with a message to Tesla founder Elon Musk.
"What did they say, because my first account got suspended and they've only just realised that @theufcbaddy is me," he said. "How? What spaceman runs your internet website? Elon Musk, buy Twitter lad and let's box this."
It remains unclear why Pimblett's account was suspended by the social media giant.
He regularly hits back at online trolls on his account and recently invited an internet troll to his Liverpool gym after being challenged to a fight online.
Last week, Pimblett was asked about his behaviour on social media. “I can’t help it, it’s just one of those things," he said. "People say ‘oh you shouldn’t give them your time’ but I’ll use Twitter to pass time.
“You think I just sit there in my room thinking about Jordan Leavitt? I don’t need to, I’m going to punch his head in anyway
“It’s crazy the amount of abuse I get on Twitter, it used to be Instagram but that’s boiled down a bit. I love putting trolls in their places.
“Once a day there’s always a horrible fella calling scousers victims and saying it’s ‘never their fault’. They know what they’re talking about, it’s a Hillsborough jibe.
“Like Mike Tyson said, people think with social media that you don’t get punched anymore. What you say on the internet you can get punched in the face for, simple as.”
Back in March, following his first round stoppage over Rodrigo Vargas, the 27-year-old called out Facebook and Instagram CEO Mark Zuckerberg after his social media accounts were locked.
“Who do I want to fight? Mark Zuckerberg," he said. “Lad I’m going to punch your head in, I am sick of you. Sick of you shutting my Instagram accounts down when all I do is help charities and help people with mental health problems.
“You’re the biggest bully in the world, lad.”
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