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Days After UFC Star’s Tear-Inducing Speech, Data Proves Immense Impact on Several Suffering Men: “Made People Sit Up and Listen”

Published 08/01/2022, 1:00 PM EDT

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After his third consecutive UFC victory inside the O2 Arena this month, the lightweight sensation Paddy Pimblett gave a stirring speech. His speech appears to have created a big impression on the public, especially on the men.

At the UFC Fight Night London, “The Baddy” defeated Jordan Leavitt by submission in the second round, earning him a bonus for “Performance of the Night.”. He then dedicated his victory to a youngster who lost his battle with cancer.


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The 27-year-old also gave a tribute to his friend who committed suicide in the lead-up to the fight. Pimblett urged men to come out and speak about their problems. ‘The Baddy’ was fighting for something bigger than himself as he talked extensively about men’s mental health in the post-fight interview.

Because of the UFC fighter’s powerful speech, there may have been a rise in the number of males seeking mental health care in London, according to sources.

“Across both of the Leeds and Castleford groups, we have 69 (10 new) and 39 (9 new) who attended, respectively,” Andy Wilson, a facilitator at Andy’s Man Club, told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The interview with Paddy Pimblett following his fight at the weekend can only have helped raise awareness on how important is for people to open up. And talk if they’re struggling with anything and a reminder once again that it’s okay to talk,” Mental health consultant Pete White said. 

“People were expecting Paddy to give the usual post-fight victory speech. But he delivered an incredibly powerful and vulnerable message about mental health… We need more people doing this from all parts of society – vulnerability empowers,” White added. 

Paddy Pimblett in the UFC

‘The Baddy’ made his UFC debut in 2021. Ever since then, he has had an incredible run with three wins and three ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses in the promotion.


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During his time in Cage Warriors, the British fighter had already made a reputation for himself in the MMA world. But his tenure in the UFC has made him famous all around the world. And as a result of his message on mental health, he may now have gained the respect of more people.


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However, ‘The Baddy’ is yet to achieve a lot in promotion. Despite his successful run, Pimblett hasn’t cracked the division’s top 15. But if he keeps winning in the same way, the Britisher might soon find himself among the front-runners.


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Who do you guys think is next for the British fighter? What are your thoughts on Pimblett’s message having a good impact? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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