Paddy Pimblett delivered an iconic and touching message during his post-fight interview after submitting Jordan Leavitt at UFC London.
The Scouser released his post-fight vlog on his Youtube channel, featuring unseen footage backstage.
After losing a close friend to suicide 24 hours before competing, the message Pimblett sent across the globe greatly impacted men’s mental health.
Pimblett is seen embracing his team members with a tight squeeze capturing the raw emotion of the rising UFC star.
Paddy Pimblett on Men’s Mental Health
When talking about his friend Rickie, Pimblett said:
“There are no real words that can describe it.
“He was one of the happiest kids that you’ll ever meet, Slick Rick. He was the life and soul of the party.
“People like that think that they can’t speak to other people. They think ‘oh he’ll think I’m a little b**** if I speak to him and say that to him.
“I’ve had to do it. People look up to me and think that I’m the strongest person on earth because I get in the cage and fight with people when the battle’s up here.
“People don’t understand what’s going on, you can look like the happiest person in the world from the outside, but in here, you might be struggling.
“We need to talk more. People need to break this stigma of men’s mental health. Talk, get it off your chest.”
Pimblett Post-fight Vlog
The tribute to his dear friend Rickie and encouragement for men to seek help and speak out on their struggles has made a positive impact up-and-down the country.
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