Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann put Conor McGregor’s first pitch attempt to shame after the Liverpool duo were given the honour at a San Diego Padres game.
The Irishman’s infamous attempt went down in first pitch folklore after he launched the baseball over the catcher’s head at a Chicago Cubs game last year.
‘The Baddy’ and ‘Meatball’ were more conservative in their approaches, taking some of the speed off and finding the glove.
Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann were given the honour of the first pitch at a baseball game
The Liverpool-based UFC stars had specially made jerseys for the ceremonial pitch
The duo have been taking in plenty of new experiences during their time in the US
Wearing specially made Padres shirts with their nicknames on the back, the pair were given a warm reception by the crowd in southern California.
They were introduced and acknowledged the fans with a wave before limbering up for their efforts.
Pimblett’s arrived low at the catchers feet while McCann’s sailed higher to the target.
The ceremonial first pitch is a longstanding tradition in baseball and every president since 1910 except for Donald Trump and Joe Biden has taken part.
McGregor took some ribbing last year for his attempt. Wearing a tailored suit, the left-hander launched his throw way beyond the catcher.
In typical fashion, he put a positive spin on it, declaring: ‘The most devastating first pitch ever seen! The venom is there, the power is there.’
Strangely enough, other brilliant sportsmen have struggled with the pressure on the mound. Both Tom Brady and Michael Jordan failed to hit the target with limp efforts.
McCann and Pimblett have been enjoying their time in the United States and were both in attendance for UFC 274 on Saturday night.
Pimblett and McCann stole the show at UFC London back in March with finishes
‘Meatball’, fresh from her stunning spinning-elbow KO at UFC London will take on American Hannah Goldy when the show returns to England’s capital on July 23.
Pimblett is unsure if he will also be in action on the card, telling ESPN: ‘Don’t know as of yet, to be honest with you.
‘We’ll see. I haven’t got a clue, I don’t know whether I’ll be fighting. We’ll see over the coming weeks… We’ll see. We’ll see. Had a few talks last week, so… we’ll probably get something sorted, we’ll see what happens.’