Warning: This text accommodates a reference to suicide.
Paddy Pimblett sensationally submitted Jordan Leavitt within the second spherical of their light-weight bout at UFC London.
In a detailed combat, Pimblett, 27, locked Leavitt in a rear-naked choke, sparking jubilation contained in the 02 Enviornment.
Liverpool’s Pimblett used his post-fight interview to lift consciousness of psychological well being after he misplaced a good friend to suicide earlier this week.
“In case you’re feeling the burden of the world in your shoulders, please converse to somebody,” he mentioned.
“I awakened on Friday morning at 4am to a message that one in every of my mates had killed himself. So, Ricky lad, that is for you.
“Pay attention, in the event you’re a person, please converse to somebody, converse to anybody. I would fairly my mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral subsequent week.”
Fashionable Pimblett impresses once more
All through combat week followers – including rising American star Sean O’Malley – wore wigs, impressed by Pimblett’s hair, illustrating the ever-rising recognition of the Merseyside fighter.
His stardom has not gone unnoticed by the UFC, with Pimblett combating third on the primary card for the second time in 4 months after solely three fights within the promotion.
America’s Leavitt was booed on his method to the octagon – jeers which erupted right into a roars of “oh Paddy the Baddy” as Pimblett began his stroll to the cage.
Dancing to the octagon, encouraging the gang to get on their ft, Pimblett’s jovial manner modified as quickly as he entered the cage, as he met Leavitt with an intense stare.
The primary spherical was intently fought as Leavitt appeared to take Pimblett down all through, however the Briton ended the spherical on high as he tried to lock in a rear-naked choke.
It was that very same submission which paid dividends within the second spherical as Pimblett secured it halfway by way of to earn the win.
Identical to she did for Pimblett’s victory over Rodrigo Vargas in March, Pimblett’s team-mate Molly McCann, who beat Hannah Goldy earlier within the evening, joined within the celebrations contained in the octagon.
The get together ambiance quickly turned sombre, nevertheless, as an emotional Pimblett paid tribute to his late mates. After an emotional speech, Pimblett broke down in tears as he left the octagon.
Spectacular McCann earns one other KO
Liverpool’s McCann continued her tremendous type within the UFC as she earned one other gorgeous win, knocking out American’s Hannah Goldy within the first spherical.
Identical to her win over Luana Carolina in London in March, it was a spinning elbow from McCann which did the harm as she rocked Goldy up towards the cage, earlier than ending the combat with a flurry of punches.
The victory was met with extra wild celebrations as McCann dived out of the octagon, whereas team-mate Pimblett was seen leaping up and down backstage on the massive display.
McCann, 32, praised the British followers in her post-fight interview for supporting feminine fighters.
“I do not know if I’ve ever seen this in fight sports activities, within the UK individuals getting this behind a feminine athlete. That vitality you deliver will get you thru,” she mentioned.
“I cannot allow you to down, not ever. Have you ever ever seen lightning strike twice [referring to the elbow]? Effectively now you could have.”
Elsewhere, Scotland’s Paul Craig suffered a unanimous choice loss to Volkan Oezdemir, ending his four-fight win streak at light-heavyweight.
Like in his victory over Nikita Krylov in March, Craig appeared to tug guard all through the combat in an try and utilise his jiu-jitsu, however Switzerland’s Oezdemir navigated the risk properly.
The loss critically dents Craig’s title ambitions within the division.
There have been additionally wins for Britons Jai Herbert, Muhammad Mokaev, Nathaniel Wooden and Marc Diakiese.
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