Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett gave a strong speech about psychological well being after his massive win at UFC Battle Night time in London … revealing he discovered on Friday his buddy took his personal life.
Pimblett gained a hard-fought battle in opposition to Jordan Leavitt through submission within the second spherical … and after briefly celebrating the victory, his demeanor shortly modified whereas chatting with Michael Bisping within the post-fight interview.
“I awakened on Friday morning at 4 AM to a message that one among my pals again house had killed themselves,” Paddy stated. “That is 5 hours earlier than my weigh-in. So Ricky lad, that’s for you.”
“There’s a stigma on this world that males can’t discuss,” he added. “Hear, should you’re a person, and also you’ve received weight in your shoulders, and should you suppose the one method you possibly can remedy it’s by killing your self, please converse to somebody. Communicate to anybody.”
“Folks would reasonably, I do know I reasonably they cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral subsequent week. Males begin speaking.”
Paddy — who was clearly overcome with emotion — then collapsed to the canvas and broke down in tears … lastly permitting himself to grieve over the lack of his buddy.
Pimblett — who additionally devoted his combat to 4-year-old Child Lee Hodgson, who tragically handed away from most cancers final month — was in tears as he left the world … with the gang cheering in assist.
Pimblett improved to 19-3 with the win … and says he’ll return to the Octagon earlier than the top of the yr.
In the event you or somebody is combating melancholy or ideas of suicide, name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.