Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett has shared an important message following his undercard fight against Jordan Leavitt at UFC London.
Speaking to his audience after beating Leavitt with a second-round submission, Pimblett revealed he learned of a friend’s suicide just hours before the weigh-ins for Sunday’s fight.
“I’m disappointed with my performance, boy, that’s not me,” he said.
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“That was crap. Pardon my French, but I’m better than that…I woke up Friday morning at 4am with a message that a friend of mine back home had committed suicide – c It was five hours before my weigh-in – so Ricky man this was for you.”
The 27-year-old continued, addressing the stigma that often prevents men from talking about their mental health, calling out anyone who struggles to deal with toxic masculinity and asking his mates for help.
“There’s a stigma in this world that men can’t talk about. Listen, if you’re a man and you have a weight on your shoulders and you think the only way to solve it is to kill yourself – please talk to anyone. Talk to anyone,” he said.
“People would rather, I know I would, have their mate cry on their shoulder than go to their funeral. So please let’s get rid of this stigma and men start talking.”
Pimblett then left octogen in tears.
During his post-fight press conference, Pimblett urged anyone with a similar platform to “give back” to their fans by speaking out on important issues such as access to mental health support. .
“Like I said in the cage, I’d much rather have my friend come up to me and talk to me and cry on my shoulder than have to cry as I carry his coffin a week later,” he said. he told the media.
“A split-second decision ruins lives and that’s what happened this week. People in a position like mine, people who are a bit of a star or a follower, you should help people , whether it’s Joe down the street or your comrade.
“I’m obviously thinking of doing a men’s mental health charity because the UK don’t give any funding for that. It’s the biggest killer of men between the ages of 21 and 45 and nobody talks about it , no one mentions it. Men just kill themselves and no one cares. We have to change it.
If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.
*MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78
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