Pro wrestling’s brightest up-and-coming star has come face-to-face with one of MMA’s most promising fighters on social media, and it could turn into a real-life confrontation.
After a social media meeting with rising UFC fighter Paddy Pimblett, AEW World Champion Maxwell Jacob Friedman (better known as MJF) told Sportzshala he was considering taking on Pimblett on his next fight night. Pimblett will face Jared Gordon on the December main card of UFC 282.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if the AEW World Champion shows up in Vegas on December 10th,” said MJF.
The battle began when Pimblet, nicknamed “Bad” commented on the video clip from the MJF interview on Instagram. In this video, MJF talked about how dangerous professional wrestling is, calling it even more risky than MMA. While professional wrestling is obviously preordained, punishment for the body of the athletes is very real, while MMA is a legitimate fight under mixed rules.
Pimblett and several other MMA fighters, such as former UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez, commented on the video on Instagram. Pimblett called MJF a clown laced with expletives, and MJF responded with insults.
“I’m sick of people talking about pro wrestling like it’s some fucking stunt show,” MJF, 26, told Sportzshala. “The thing is, Paddy ‘Prima Donna’ Pimblett wouldn’t last two seconds with me in a professional wrestling ring. Maybe even one.”
MJF, who made fun of the pronunciation of Pimblett’s last name throughout the Sportzshala interview, said that professional wrestlers suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), become paralyzed from the neck down and even get killed during matches, the last two cases not very common in mixed martial arts. art.
“This fat, chubby jerk who looks like Will from Stranger Things, Conor McGregor decided that he needed to tweet and say, “Oh, wrestling is fake,” said MJF. “Let me tell you something. We are real fighters. They are prima donnas.”
Pimblett is 3-0 in the UFC with three finishes and has a huge fan base with over 2 million followers on Instagram. MJF just won the AEW title last Saturday night by defeating Jon Moxley at the Full Gear pay-per-view.
Long Island, New York’s MJF said he could meet Pimblett in Las Vegas next month, but “is Paddy Paddy worth my time?” If not, MJF said Pimblet should meet him next year when AEW travels to London. Pimblett is from Liverpool, England.
“Pro wrestling is a dangerous, dangerous sport and there is no one more dangerous than MJF,” Friedman said. “I assure you, when we arrive in London in 2023, if Paddy shows his face, he will know that scouser [a native or inhabitant of Liverpool, England] no match for a Long Islander. Because I’m better than him and he knows it.
“I always have a goal on my back. Like I said, if “Paddy Paddy” thinks he can aim at that target and hit it, I’m more than a game. More than a game to knock this guy out.”