Paddy Pimblett tackles stigma surrounding men’s mental health after UFC win

Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 988 or suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Paddy Pimblett may have recorded an impressive win over Jordan Leavitt at UFC Fight Night in London, but Saturday’s showdown was emotional for the UFC fighter in more ways than one.

After winning the fight, Pimblett took a moment to talk about the importance of men taking care of their mental health. Pimblett revealed after his fight that five hours before his weigh-in on Friday he heard his friend kill himself.

As tears filled his eyes, Pimblett appealed to men who might be considering suicide, especially those who fall under the stigma of feeling vulnerable if they discuss what’s going on in their lives.

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“If you have weight on your shoulders and you think the only way to solve it is to kill yourself, tell someone,” Pimblett said. “Talk to anyone. People would rather…I know I would rather have my mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral next week. So please get rid of this stigma and men start talking.

Pimblett, who improved to 3-0 in the UFC, also dedicated Saturday’s win to Lee-Joshua Hodgson, a four-year-old who died in June of cancer.

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