Paddy Pimblett woke up crying for six weeks after early-career heartbreak

Paddy ‘the Baddy’ Pimblett admitted he cried nearly every morning for six weeks when he suffered a painful defeat to Soren Bak in 2018.

Despite being relatively new to the UFC, Pimblett has already become a megastar recognised all around the world. While his victory against Jordan Leavitt was only his third fight since making the step into the Octagon, the beloved Liverpudlian has already made a huge name for himself with his ruthless fighting style and very cheeky personality.

However, Pimblett admitted he thought his career was “finished” when he suffered his third career loss to Danish fighter Bak at Cage Warriors 96 in 2018. “After that fight lad, even though I had the broken hand, I had put everything into the build-up to it and I trained my arse off,” Pimblett said to ‘Steve-O’s Wild Ride podcast’.

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“I just remember we went back to the apartment we were staying at and some of my mates were up partying, where they’d been up anyway. I just went to bed, and I was just sitting there crying.

“Nearly every morning for the next six weeks I woke up crying. When the missus would go to work normally, I’d roll over and just go to sleep.

“But after that fight, I would wake up and just be like ‘wow, you lost that fight, your career is over, you’re finished’ and I would just start crying.” Pimblett came within a whisker of overcoming Bak in the first round of the bout.

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Unfortunately an injury suffered prior to the match reared its ugly head and completely scuppered his strength. “I had surgery 12 weeks before my fight for the lightweight belt,” Pimblett added.

“I got the wires took out of my hand six weeks before the fight. I went into that fight [against Soren Bak] and nearly choked him out in the first round. But because my arm was that weak, I couldn’t get the squeeze on the rear naked choke.

“It [his arm] just didn’t have the strength the other hand did. The next round, I hit him, and it broke my hand, and ended up losing by a close decision.”

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