Brad Pickett

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Brad Pickett
Brad Pickett WEC 53.jpg
Born (1978-09-24) 24 September 1978 (age 35)
London, England
Other names One Punch
Nationality English
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight (present)
Bantamweight (2009-2013)
Featherweight (2004-2009)
Lightweight (2007)
Reach 68 in (170 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida
Team American Top Team
Years active 2004-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 33
Wins 24
By knockout 7
By submission 10
By decision 7
Losses 9
By knockout 1
By submission 4
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 11 October 2011

Brad Pickett (born 24 September 1978) is an English mixed martial artist and the former Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion. He last competed as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and is preparing for a flyweight run. As of 21 July 2014, he is #10 in official UFC flyweight rankings.[1]Dana White has stated that Pickett is one of his favorite fighters to watch.[2] He has also competed for the WEC and BodogFIGHT, and at the Dynamite!! USA event.

Background[edit]

Brad's nickname and his flamboyant entrance to the ring are not derived from Brad Pitt's character "One Punch Mickey" from the movie Snatch but from his grandfather.[citation needed] His unique entrance sees him entering to the song "Wallop" by Chas & Dave, wearing a string vest, cutoff jeans and his customary trilby hat.[citation needed] He is a supporter of the London football club Tottenham Hotspur. Pickett also played football and boxed growing up, before becoming interested in MMA.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

He has fought mainly for the Cage Rage organization. Pickett's first appearance was on 27 November 2004 with a win over Stuart Grant. Pickett became the Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion on 10 September 2005 at Cage Rage 13 by defeating Ozzy Haluk via submission following a flying footstomp to the face. On 22 August, at Ultimate Challenge MMA: Payback (held in The Troxy, London), Brad Pickett won his seventh successive mixed martial arts bout against David Lee. Brad's win came due to a guillotine choke during the first round in which Lee came out very aggressive, but could not match Pickett's skill on the ground.

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

On 30 October 2009, the Zuffa-owned WEC announced they had signed Pickett to a multi-fight deal. Pickett, fighting at bantamweight, made his WEC debut against Kyle Dietz on 19 December 2009 at WEC 45.[4] He won the fight via submission in the second round by Peruvian neck tie, also winning Submission of the Night honours.[5]

Pickett next faced WEC newcomer Demetrious Johnson on 24 April 2010 at WEC 48.[6] In a competitive fight; both men exchanged takedowns and strikes throughout the fight, though Pickett asserted more dominance on the ground, controlling the fight with well timed takedowns and counterstrikes, winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Pickett's next bout was against WEC veteran Scott Jorgensen.[7] Pickett experienced some success on his feet during the first two rounds, but was ultimately outwrestled by the 3-time Pac-10 champion in the latter two rounds, losing to Jorgensen 30-27 on all the judges scorecards.

Pickett then faced Ivan Menjivar on 16 December 2010 at WEC 53.[8] Both fighters proved to be very evenly matched; Pickett edging the first stanza with slightly crisper striking & well timed counter takedowns (during Menjivar's spinning backfist attempts), but in the second he was visibly staggered by a stream of strikes from his opponent which he battled through by securing a takedown. In the third, the two continued the fashion of tenaciously exchanging strikes throughout the fight, with Pickett scoring a flash knockdown with a flush overhand right. Menjivar showed great heart in recovering though, and continued to exchange until the final bell. In the end Pickett edged a unanimous decision 29-28.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Bantamweight[edit]

In October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[9]

Pickett was expected to make his UFC debut against former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres on 28 May 2011 at UFC 130.[10] However, Pickett was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Demetrious Johnson.[11]

Pickett faced Renan Barão on 5 November 2011 at UFC 138.[12] Pickett was submitted in the first round via rear-naked choke after getting dropped by a flurry from Barao. The bout earned Fight of the Night honors.

Pickett defeated Damacio Page by submission via rear-naked-choke in the second round of UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva.[13] on 14 April 2012. The bout earned Fight of the Night which meant Pickett as well as Page got a 50,000 bonus.

Pickett next fought Yves Jabouin on 29 September 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 5.[14] He won the fight via first round KO, earning Knockout of the Night honors in the process.

Pickett was defeated by Eddie Wineland via split decision on 29 December 2012 at UFC 155.[15]

Pickett faced Mike Easton on 6 April 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[16] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision. The win also earning Pickett his third Fight of the Night bonus.[17]

Pickett faced Michael McDonald on 17 August 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[18] Despite withstanding a significant amount of heavy shots in the first round, Pickett lost the fight via submission (triangle choke) in the second round.[19] Despite the loss, the fight earned Pickett his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award.[20]

Drop to Flyweight[edit]

In late 2013, it was announced that Pickett would drop down to the Flyweight division for his next fight. He was expected to make his Flyweight debut against Ian McCall at UFC Fight Night 37 on 8 March 2014. [21] However, on 13 February, it was announced that McCall had pulled out of the bout and was replaced by promotional newcomer Neil Seery.[22] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[23]

The rescheduled bout with McCall took place on July 19th, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46.[24] Pickett lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–9 Ian McCall Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao 19 July 2014 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland
Win 24–8 Neil Seery Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa 8 March 2014 3 5:00 London, England Flyweight debut
Loss 23–8 Michael McDonald Submission (triangle choke) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen 17 August 2013 2 3:43 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Fight of the Night
Win 23–7 Mike Easton Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi 6 April 2013 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden Fight of the Night
Loss 22–7 Eddie Wineland Decision (split) UFC 155 29 December 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–6 Yves Jabouin KO (punch) UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic 29 September 2012 1 3:40 Nottingham, England Knockout of the Night
Win 21–6 Damacio Page Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva 14 April 2012 2 4:05 Stockholm, Sweden Fight of the Night
Loss 20–6 Renan Barão Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 138 5 November 2011 1 4:09 Birmingham, England Fight of the Night
Win 20–5 Ivan Menjivar Decision (unanimous) WEC 53 16 December 2010 3 5:00 Glendale, Arizona, United States
Loss 19–5 Scott Jorgensen Decision (unanimous) WEC 50 18 August 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night
Win 19–4 Demetrious Johnson Decision (unanimous) WEC 48 24 April 2010 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 18–4 Kyle Dietz Submission (Peruvian necktie) WEC 45 19 December 2009 2 4:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight debut; Submission of the Night
Win 17–4 David Lee Submission (guillotine choke) UCMMA 6: Payback 22 August 2009 1 2:26 London, England Won Ultimate Challenge UK Featherweight championship
Win 16–4 Dino Gambatesa Submission (guillotine choke) UCMMA 3: Unstoppable 28 March 2009 2 0:15 London, England
Win 15–4 Antanas Jazbutis KO (punch to the body) Cage Rage 28 20 September 2008 3 N/A London, England
Win 14–4 Cristian Binda Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Rage 27 12 July 2008 2 2:52 London, England
Win 13–4 Paul Reed Decision (majority) Cage Rage 26 10 May 2008 3 5:00 Birmingham, England
Win 12–4 Frederic Fernandez Submission (guillotine choke) FX3: Fight Night 7 15 March 2008 1 N/A Reading, England
Win 11–4 Vaughan Lee TKO (punches) Cage Rage: Contenders 6 18 August 2007 3 3:20 London, England
Loss 10–4 Hideo Tokoro Submission (armbar) Dynamite!! USA 2 June 2007 1 2:41 Los Angeles, California, United States Lightweight Bout
Loss 10–3 Alex Owen Decision (majority) Cage Rage 21 21 April 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Win 10–2 Gilbert Sims TKO (punches) Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat 16 February 2007 2 3:12 San José, Costa Rica
Win 9–2 Phil Raeburn Submission (armbar) HOP 7: Cage Fever 26 November 2006 1 3:20 Swansea, Wales
Win 8–2 Bret Lee Submission (armbar) Intense Fighting: Caged 11 November 2006 1 1:18 Peterborough, England
Win 7–2 John Trent Submission (armbar) Absolute Fighting Championships 19 21 October 2006 1 3:58 Boca Raton, Florida, United States
Loss 6–2 Robbie Olivier Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Rage 18 30 September 2006 3 3:03 London, England Lost the Cage Rage British Featherweight Championship
Win 6–1 Hiroyuki Abe Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 16 22 April 2006 3 5:00 London, England
Win 5–1 Robbie Olivier Decision (majority) Cage Rage 15 4 February 2006 3 5:00 London, England Defended the Cage Rage British Featherweight Championship
Win 4–1 Ozzy Haluk TKO (flying stomp) Cage Rage 13: No Fear 10 September 2005 2 4:25 London, England Won Cage Rage British Featherweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Jordan Miller Submission (armbar) Cage Rage 12: The Real Deal 2 July 2005 2 2:32 London, England
Win 2–1 Aaron Blackwell TKO (corner stoppage) Cage Rage 11: Face Off 30 April 2005 2 5:00 London, England
Loss 1–1 Chris Freeborn TKO (punches) Cage Rage 10: Deliverance 26 February 2005 2 3:20 London, England
Win 1–0 Stuart Grant TKO (punches) Cage Rage 9: No Mercy 27 November 2004 1 0:17 London, England

References[edit]

  1. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  2. ^ "Brad Pickett 'honored' to have Dana White as a fan". mmamania.com. 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pickett's Title Shot". Daily Express,28 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Pickett set to face Dietz at WEC 45". mmaunltd.com. Retrieved 2009-11-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "WEC 45 bonuses: Cerrone, Ratcliff, Jorgensen, Mizugaki share "Fight of the Night"". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-12-20. 
  6. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. newcomer Demetrious Johnson official for WEC 48 prelims". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  7. ^ "Scott Jorgensen To Face Brad Pickett At "WEC: Cruz vs. Benavidez"". mmaspot.net. 2010-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. Ivan Menjivar added to promotion-ending WEC 53 card". mmajunkie.com. 4 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. 28 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Miguel Torres announces he's been offered and accepted a fight with Brad Pickett at UFC 130". mmaweekly.com. 11 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "UFC 130: Miguel Torres vs Demetrious Johnson booked with Brad Pickett injured". mmamania.com. 21 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao added to UFC 138 in England". mmajunkie.com. 19 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 2 adds Pickett vs. Page in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. 10 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Pickett Draws Jabouin For UFC Card In Nottingham". Your MMA. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  15. ^ "Brad Pickett To Face Eddie Wineland At UFC 155". Your MMA. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pickett vs. Easton: UFC Stockholm". YourMMA.tv. 7 Feb 2013. 
  17. ^ Staff (2013-04-06). "UFC on FUEL TV 9 bonuses: McGregor, Madadi, Pickett, Easton win $60,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  18. ^ Mike Bohn (2013-06-04). "Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut event in Boston". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  19. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2013/8/17/4629468/ufc-fight-night-26-results-michael-mcdonald-vs-brad-pickett-mma-news
  20. ^ Staff (2013-08-17). "UFC Fight Night 26 bonuses: Browne, Brown, Sonnen, McDonald, Pickett earn awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  21. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (8 November 2013). "Brad Pickett drops down to flyweight, wants fight at UFC London event in March of 2014". mmamania.com. 
  22. ^ Staff (2014-02-20). "Irish newcomer Neil Seery meets Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 37 in London". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  23. ^ "UFC Fight Night 37 results: Brad Pickett defeats Neil Seery by UD in fantastic fight". fansided.com. 8 March 2014. 
  24. ^ Ariel Helwani (2014-04-25). "Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett targeted for UFC Dublin". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 

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