Liverpool superfan Paddy Pimblett received DM from Rio Ferdinand after UFC win

Liverpool superfan Paddy Pimblett has revealed his pleasure in receiving a private congratulations from a Manchester United legend following his blockbuster UFC London victory – despite his love for their rivals.

The Baddy secured a memorable first-round rear-naked choke submission victory over Rodrigo Vargas in what was only his second fight within the promotion, and was hailed by a string of celebrities.

With Wayne Rooney joining Pimblett and team-mate Molly McCann in their dressing room and UFC president Dana White suggesting he could now headline a card, Premier League icon Ferdinand went about his praise privately.

Pimblett told Daily Star Sport when asked if he had received any notable private messages after his win: "There's a few belters in there like Jeremy Piven wishing me good luck, but (Rio) Ferdinand has messaged me which is nice.

"There's a few others in there but I'll have to have a proper look."

Ferdinand has got involved with UFC action in the past, and was put through his paces by Brad Pickett back in 2014 to get a feel for the "emotion, and intensity".

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That DM comes after Pimblett was contacted by Logan Paul after his UFC debut victory over Luigi Vendramini back in September, who offered up a business opportunity.

Pimblett told Daily Star Sport at the time: "The other day I went in my message requests and changed my requests to 'top requests' and I had some mad people in there."

Before adding of Paul's offer: "That was a nice little business opportunity for me, but if the money ain't right, you can leg it."

Going forward, Pimblett has insisted that he isn't too bothered about being in a main event next time out, but insisted that he would be up to the challenge.

He said: "I don't mind. I take everything in my stride and nothing can ever phase me lad.

"I'll just be there ready and waiting, if they want to book me for a main event just tell me a date and I'll be there, skinny Paddy will be back."

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