KARACHI: Rising UFC star Terrance McKinney, who wants to face Paddy Pimblett at Madison Square Garden, has called the British fighter a "muppet".
Molly McCann, a close friend, and teammate of Pimblett's will face Erin Blanchfield in the main event of UFC 281. Since Pimblett signed with the organisation last year, the Scouse boxers have shared all three cards, and they constantly assert that when it comes to fighting, they are a package deal.
When McKinney learned that McCann would be joining the super-card, which will feature the middleweight title trilogy bout between Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira as its main event, she moved to Twitter to retaliate against Pimblett. Since he entered the UFC, he has called the Brit out but hasn't been able to make a substantial impression on him just yet.
In reaction to an MMA reporter verifying McCann's fight announcement, McKinney questioned: "So does that mean she’s bringing the muppet with her? I want to fight in MSG."
After the British fighter defeated Jordan Leavitt last month by submission, he was proposed to compete on the UFC's November card by president Dana White. Pimblett insisted that the tax issue was too much and wouldn't budge.
"I think what we do next is we take him to either Boston or New York and he ends up on pay-per-view and then you bring him to Vegas," White said before Pimblett replied: "No I am not fighting in New York. End of. I am not fighting in New York. I am not getting robbed by the taxman."