News   |    July 25th, 2022

PADDY NOT SO BADDY?

The words of Paddy ‘the baddy’ Pimblett have touched thousands after his clinical win over Jordan Leavitt on Saturday 23rd July. The rear-naked choke submission in round two also claimed performance of the night on UFC Fight Night 208.

As impressive as the performance, so was the inspirational post match interview on a topic most men unfortunately don’t discuss. Patrick was called at 4am on Friday morning, 5 hours before his weigh in that his friend had passed away through suicide. During his speech he urged men to start talking to one another, dedicating the fight to his friend Ricky.

Amongst the emotional post fight interview Paddy states; “I know I’d rather my mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral”. Mental health within the male demographic typically holds a certain type of stigma wherein it is not common to talk about. Currently in the UK the suicide rate stands at 15.3 per 100,000 people, compared to 4.9 per 100,000 women. The statistics are truly harrowing. Talking about mental health should be encouraged to everyone, male or female, and for Patrick to do this on the global stage has to be praised.

Patrick started fighting at 15, making his professional debut aged 17 for Cage Warriors, he then made his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut on the 4th September 2021. The UFC is widely regarded as the biggest fighting organisation in the world, with Patrick winning all 3 of his fights since signing his contract.

A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Patrick is known as a grappler and recently has added striking to his impressive armoury. Saturdays win takes his stats to 19 Wins and 3 Losses as he aims to be world champion.

In the midst of such a brutally violent, dangerous and competitive sport, Paddy’s courage to speak out is a breakthrough moment for not only the sport, not only men, but society. Having role models like this is essential and what better way to do this when on a worldwide sporting stage. If you are suffering, please reach out to someone.

Contact the Samaritans on – 116 123 or https://www.samaritans.org/

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Alfie Bobbins - Business Manager, Integral Sports Management

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