Paddy Pimblett delivered a robust speech about males’s psychological well being after dropping a pal to suicide simply days earlier than his UFC London win on Saturday night time.
Pimblett beat Jordan Leavitt with a second-round submission to increase his UFC successful document to 3-0 in entrance of a packed-out house crowd and the Liverpudlian was in tears as ‘You’ll By no means Stroll Alone’ performed out over the audio system.
Throughout an emotional post-fight interview, Pimblett devoted his victory to a younger boy, Lee-Joshua Hodgson, who handed away on the age of 4 final month with most cancers in addition to a pal named Ricky who just lately dedicated suicide.
‘I wish to dedicate this combat to little child Lee, the little warrior. Extra of a fighter than any of us will ever be,’ Pimblett stated within the Octagon.
‘But additionally, I awakened on Friday morning at 4am to a message that one my pals again house had killed themselves. This was 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.
‘Pay attention, should you’re a person and also you’ve obtained weight in your shoulders and also you suppose the one approach you possibly can remedy it’s by killing your self, please converse to somebody.
‘Communicate to anybody. I do know I might somewhat have my mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral subsequent week. So please, let’s do away with this stigma. Males begin speaking.’
Pimblett, nicknamed ‘The Baddy’, secured his victory over American Leavitt with a rear bare choke and was not the one successful Brit at UFC London.
Earlier within the night time, fellow Liverpudlian Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann produced a formidable knockout victory over Hannah Goldy, additionally extending her run to 3-0.