January 27, 2023

Paddy ‘the Baddy’ Pimblett has arrived on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year red carpet in jeans and a waistcoat alongside his glamorous childhood sweetheart.

Wearing his usual boyish blonde bangs, the rising UFC star shared a grin with fiancé Laura Gregory, who stunned in a plunging black minidress.

The pair attend the event as spectators – Pimblett, 27, has not been nominated for an award.

Pimblett told reporters on the carpet that he currently has an injury that may prevent him from competing once he wanted to.

‘I’ve had a good year. I was hoping to be able to fight in early 2023, but I’m waiting for the results of an ankle injury I get on Thursday,” he said.

Paddy 'the Baddy' Pimblett has arrived on the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year red carpet in jeans and a waistcoat alongside his glamorous childhood sweetheart

Paddy ‘the Baddy’ Pimblett has arrived on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year red carpet in jeans and a waistcoat alongside his glamorous childhood sweetheart

The rising UFC star sported his usual boyish blonde fringe and shared a grin with fiancé Laura Gregory, who looked glamorous in a plunging black mini dress

The rising UFC star sported his usual boyish blonde fringe and shared a grin with fiancé Laura Gregory, who looked glamorous in a plunging black mini dress

But Pimblett’s star is on the rise after recently winning his fourth fight in the UFC to maintain a perfect record.

Many fighters and fans felt that American Jared Gordon should have gotten the nod from the judges, who unanimously awarded Pimblett the win.

After posing for photos on the red carpet, Ms. Gregory shared a single shot from inside the venue, which was still nearly empty ahead of tonight’s main event.

Lionel Messi is crowned World Sport Star of the Year after leading his country to its first World Cup victory in 36 years.

Voting for the award-winning Sports Personality of the Year begins at the awards ceremony and is presented by Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott.

The couple got engaged in Thailand's Phi Phi Islands just before lockdown restrictions came into effect in February 2020, before moving into their

The couple got engaged in Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands just before lockdown restrictions came into effect in February 2020, before moving into their “perfect home” later that year.

'Paddy the Baddy', dubbed the new Conor McGregor, made headlines by earning his fourth consecutive in-ring victory, this time over American Jared Gordon in Las Vegas

‘Paddy the Baddy’, dubbed the new Conor McGregor, made headlines by earning his fourth consecutive in-ring victory, this time over American Jared Gordon in Las Vegas

Nominated are gymnast Jessica Gadirova, bootballer Beth Mead, cricketer Ben Stokes, snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, athlete Jake Wightman and curling’s Eve Muirhead.

Eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other eligible categories include Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Unsung Hero and Young Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2021, Emma Raducanu was crowned Sports Personality of the Year following her fairytale finish at the US Open in just her second Grand Slam outing.

Other stars who have already arrived on the red carpet include Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, the daughter of Fred Sirieix, Lioness Beth Mead and Arsenal teammate Vivianne Miedema and England cricketer Sam Curran.

He first got into MMA at age 15, a year before he started dating Ms. Gregory, his childhood sweetheart

He first got into MMA at age 15, a year before he started dating Ms. Gregory, his childhood sweetheart

After posing for photos on the red carpet, Ms. Gregory (pictured) shared a selfie and a single shot from the venue, which was still almost empty ahead of tonight's main event

After posing for photos on the red carpet, Ms. Gregory (pictured) shared a selfie and a single shot from the venue, which was still almost empty ahead of tonight’s main event

Pimblett has set his sights on an even bigger 2023 and is determined to one day eclipse Conor McGregor’s achievements in mixed martial arts.

He insists he will “eventually become a billionaire” and has pledged to help children in his city who depend on food banks.

Who is nominated for Sports Personality of the Year 2022?

Six contenders are in the running for the 2022 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The nominees are:

  • Gymnast Jessica Gadirova
  • Soccer player Beth Mead
  • Curling’s Eve Muirhead
  • Cricketer Ben Stokes
  • Snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan
  • Athlete Jake Wightman

Voting will open during the show on BBC One on December 21.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan and Alex Scott will present the 69th Annual Awards.

Earlier this month, Pimblett set up The Baddy Foundation, which he hopes will “help feed children who are struggling to be fed and help men with mental health issues.”

He became an outspoken advocate for men’s mental health following the tragic death of his friend by suicide earlier this year.

He hopes ‘finally break this stigma I’ve been talking about lately and help prevent so many suicides, which is such an epidemic right now.”

He told The Guardian earlier this year: ‘I see myself being bigger than that because the sport has evolved even more than it did when Conor made it mainstream. He had guys in their twenties following him where I get kids as young as five.

“Kids look at McGregor and see a big, hard guy with a lot of tattoos. Kids have long limp hair, they don’t have tattoos. They can identify with me.’

Pimblett grew up in Huyton, Merseyside, where he attended St. Margaret Mary’s Primary school and Cardinal Heenan Catholic High school.

He first got into MMA when he was 15, a year before he started dating Ms. Gregory, his childhood sweetheart.

The couple got engaged in Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands just before lockdown restrictions came into effect in February 2020, before moving into their “perfect home” later that year.

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