Five hours before the weigh-ins a day before UFC London, Paddy Pimblett woke up tothe terrible news that one of his best mates from Liverpool decided to take his own life. Suddenly, the fight became secondary to the avalanche of feelings the ‘Baddy‘ was going through. He decided to not mention anything before the fight but after submitting Jordan Leavitt in the second round, he decided to take it all out.
In his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping, the lad from Liverpool broke down completely as he was mourning his good friend who decided to commit suicide. Right after delivering his message, Paddy left the octagon while he was trying to hold back his tears but it simply wasn’t possible.
Watching such a happy person suffer in this manner does strike a chord in anybody, the ‘Baddy‘ was truly hurting in the subsequent interviews he gave to the press. This is what Pimblett told Bisping: “I woke up on Friday morning at 4 AM to a message that one of my friends back home had killed themselves. his is 5 hours before my weigh-in. So Ricky lad, that’s for you.
“There’s a stigma in this world that men can’t talk. isten, if you’re a man, and you’ve got weight on your shoulders, and if you think the only way you can solve it is by killing yourself, please speak to someone. Speak to anyone. People would rather, I know I rather they cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral next week. Men start talking.”
Pimblett’s truth bomb about mental health in men.
What realy struck a chord with Paddy Pimblett’s message is talking about one of those uncomfortable truths out there, especially amongst men. A terrible bad habit of considering men the strong ones and making it a stigma for them to talk about their feelings has been taking their lives for decades. Pimblett wanted to talk about this by talking about his feelings in public, setting the example we all need.
Paddy also talked about losing 4-year-old fan Baby Lee Hodgson, who tragically passed away from cancer last month. Apart from the victory, Pimblett just won over millions of people by speaking the truth. Remember that if you know someone who is truggling with depression or thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.