Paddy Pimblett called out Soren Bak’s name following his triumphant return to the win column at Cage Warriors 90 knowing that “True Viking” was closing in on a crack at the 155-pound title.
Last weekend, the Danish lightweight submitted Alexander Jacobsen in Gothenburg, cementing his status as No. 1 contender for the lightweight crown.
Immediately after the fight, Bak called for a lightweight title bout with the former featherweight champion in Liverpool and Pimblett feels it’s the right fight for Cage Warriors matchmaker, Ian Dean, to make.
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“To be honest, I actually didn’t watch the fight, I just saw little clips of it,” Pimblett told MMA Fighting when asked about Bak’s win at Cage Warriors 93. “I did see him compete in Liverpool and he took a good win over Martin Stapleton, he got the finish in the first round.
“But I’ve had 16 pro fights now so I feel like I’m ready for whatever he brings to the table. I think I’ve got more experience than most of the guys on the UK scene, so I feel I’m prepared for that fight.”
Ahead of his fight with Jacobsen, Bak told MMA Fighting that he believes he is a better in both the striking and grappling dimensions than Pimblett. “The Baddy” thinks Bak will struggle to take him down should the title fight happen in Liverpool on Sept. 1.
“I feel like I’m better than him everywhere. He won’t be able to take me down unless I let him because I want to sub him off my back. He thinks he’s going to take me down, but he’s not going to. He thinks he’s going to out strike me, I really hope he does think that because I’ll knock him out.”
Pimblett said he would be happy to take the Bak fight in Liverpool given the interest that now surrounds the bout.
“Everyone wants to see me fight Soren Bak so why not make it happen. I’ll happily take that fight.”
Bak feels as though he will be ready for Pimblett’s passionate hometown support having already beaten Martin Stapleton at the Echo Arena, but the Liverpudlian disagrees.
“It’s going to be a completely different experience for him. I’m sure Martin had a lot of support there, probably a hundred or so people came to see him that night, but it’s a different story when there are thousands of people there and I’m guaranteed to have that,” said Pimblett.