Footage shows heart-warming moment where a fan tells Paddy Pimblett his post-fight interview saved his life
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Footage has emerged showing the heart-warming moment where a fan told Paddy Pimblett that his post-fight interview at UFC London saved his life.
After his second-round victory against Jordan Leavitt back in July, Pimblett delivered a powerful post-fight interview after he lost a friend through suicide a day before his bout.
He said: “There’s a stigma in this world that men can’t talk. Listen, if you’re a man and you’ve got a weight on your shoulders and think the only way you can solve it is by killing yourself, please speak to someone! Speak to anyone.
“I know I’d rather my mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral next week. So, please let’s get rid of this stigma and men, start talking!”
Ahead of his fight against Jared Gordon this weekend, Pimblett met with fans in Las Vegas. A fan named Grant Edmond thanked the Liverpool-born fighter for saving his life.
In a video posted on social media, Edmond was seen shaking hands with Pimblett, and he was heard saying: “I want to tell you your video about suicide, it saved my life.”
Edmond added: “I have gone through a rough period this year and Paddy’s message when he was in the ring after he won, talking about his buddy that passed away saved my life.
“And I just wanted to say thank you to him, so I appreciate him very much and I’m so glad to meet him.”
The pair shared another handshake as Edmond continued to thank Pimblett, the unbeaten fight was heard saying: “I appreciate that, thank you very much.”
After his meeting with Edmond, Pimblett said: “That means more than any fights ever will. Someone telling me they didn’t kill themselves because of what I said.”
Ahead of his fight this weekend, Pimblett said: “Jared Gordon…he’s a tough fighter, know what I mean?”
“I like him as a person as well…he’s not an idiot, he doesn’t act tough or nothin’. He’s just himself, and that’s what I like.”
“I think when we both fight each other, we’re gonna raise awareness for mental health and stuff…because he’s had tough times himself, much tougher than me personally, know what I mean? Much tougher times.”