Thomas Paul called on UFC White President to sign him for the promotion while naming Conor McGregor and Paddy Pimblett has his dream matches
Deaf MMA fighter Thomas Paull asked UFC President Dana White to sign him up for the promotion.
Paull is a current two-weight champion for the UK-based Golden Ticket MMA promotion. He won the lightweight title for the promotion in March with a brutal knockout of Perry Andre Goodwin in the first round.
The 27-year-old grew up deaf and admits his inability to hear often torments him in training, but not when he’s in the cage. Paull was recently asked about the possibility of signing for the UFC, in which he told White to text him.
“What’s up? Come here, I’m not hiding anywhere, I’m right here,” he said in a White message while talking with JOE. “I’m waiting for you to call me, no no. Text me,” Paull has competed at lightweight and welterweight for all of his 13 pro fights, so it’s no surprise he named the star of UFC Conor McGregor as a dream match.
“I would love to fight Conor McGregor,” he said. “The second would be Paddy Pimblett, because he’s from the North and I’m from the South. Come on Paddy, I’ll fight you.” Paull trains at Team Underground MMA in London, but has recently spent time at UFC star Khamzat Chimaev’s gym in Sweden.
Paull said he started MMA to help defend himself against those who bullied him for his audition: “When I grew up I was drawn to fighting because I was bullied for my audition,” he said.
“It made me more intrigued to learn more about the fight and to fight back, so I was involved and not left out, and then I took up professional MMA and it went from there. is a downside I can’t hear in practice, but when I’m in the ring I’m fully focused I can definitely fight.
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The only deaf fighter on the UFC roster is top-ranked flyweight Askar Askarov. Paull wants to bring that number down to two and hopes to become the person who brings Deaf athletes into mainstream sport while doing so.
“Although there are deaf role models in sports, they are only known in the deaf community,” he continued. “They’re never integrated into mainstream sport. “We have so much potential in our deaf community and I hope to be the person who can merge the two. If we are given the chance, it will be perfect. So I hope to be the person to build that.”