New UFC signing Paddy pimblett is already creating enmity between himself and the other fighters in the promotion due to allegedly xenophobic comments he has made.
Georgians sharply criticized ‘The Baddy’ after writing a tweet deemed offensive by many because it Guram Kutateladze, trash-talking UFC fighter. The tweet has since been deleted, but it read:
“Man, how stupid those Georgians are, man. No wonder the Russians are terrorizing their lives.”
UFC Women’s Featherweight Liana Jojua of Georgia has slammed Paddy Pimblett for his inappropriate comments about her homeland.
“If this guy thinks it’s funny or appropriate, then I don’t know what to say. My grandparents, like many other innocent people, were killed in the war. I’m ashamed that these kinds of people represents our sport, ”said Jojua.
Paddy Pimblett defended himself from the allegations, saying he was unaware of the violent history that the two former Soviet republics share in common.
“I’m not racist towards Georgians at all, man. Jesus Christ, everyone is a snowflake these days,” said Paddy Pimblett.
“Dude, I didn’t even know that! I just thought dude Guram looked like a poor man’s Khabib. So [I] called him a fake Russian. I literally had no idea they were offended, and then they all went crazy, ”he added.
Russian-Georgian is a complex political, cultural, ethnic and geographic conflict that has undergone several developments over the past hundreds of years.
The most modern struggle was an armed conflict in 2008 which involved the self-proclaimed Russian-backed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and lasted only 12 days.
Paddy Pimblett apologizes to Georgian people
After the intense reaction from Georgians on social media, Paddy Pimblett came forward to apologize for his comments regarding the country located in the Caucasus.
“I would like the Georgian people to understand that I had no idea of the history between Georgia and Russia. I am a fighter, not a historian or a politician. I did not know what happened. People seem to think I said mischievously when I had no idea about the past, ”Pimblett said.
Liana Jojua acknowledged Pimblett’s efforts to make peace and decided to forgive him for his inappropriate comments about Georgia.
“It’s very easy to tweet something stupid and delete it the moment your * s is burned. However, it takes courage to publicly apologize to people you’ve offended just because you wanted to put yourself under. someone’s skin, Paddy Pimblett, ”Jojua wrote.