September 24, 1978 |
|Other names||One Punch|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||68 in (170 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Brad Pickett (born September 24, 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 March 10, 2014, he is #11 in official UFC flyweight rankings and #13 in bantamweight, and ranked the #6 bantamweight in the world by Sherdog. Dana White has stated that Pickett is one of his favorite fighters to watch. He has also competed for the WEC and BodogFIGHT, and at the Dynamite!! USA event.
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. His unique entrance sees him entering to the song "Wallop" by Chas & Dave, wearing a string vest, cutoff jeans and his customary trilby hat. He is a supporter of the London football club Tottenham Hotspur. Pickett also played football and boxed growing up, before becoming interested in MMA.
Mixed martial arts career
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 August 22, 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
On October 30, 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 December 19, 2009 at WEC 45. He won the fight via submission in the second round by Peruvian neck tie, also winning Submission of the Night honours.
Pickett next faced WEC newcomer Demetrious Johnson on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48. 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. 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 December 16, 2010 at WEC 53. 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
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.
Pickett was expected to make his UFC debut against former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130. However, Pickett was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Demetrious Johnson.
Pickett faced Renan Barão on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138. 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. on April 14, 2012. The bout earned Fight of the Night which meant Pickett as well as Page got a 50,000 bonus.
Pickett faced Michael McDonald on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26. Despite withstanding a significant amount of heavy shots in the first round, Pickett lost the fight via submission (triangle choke) in the second round. Despite the loss, the fight earned Pickett his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award.
Drop to Flyweight
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 March 8, 2014.  However, on February 13, it was announced that McCall had pulled out of the bout and was replaced by promotional newcomer Neil Seery. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Championships and awards
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- Cage Rage Championships
- Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion (One time)
- One successful title defense
- Ultimate Challenge MMA
- UCMMA Featherweight Champion (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|32 matches||24 wins||8 losses|
|Win||24–8||Neil Seery||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa||March 8, 2014||3||5:00||London, England||Flyweight debut|
|Loss||23–8||Michael McDonald||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 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||April 6, 2013||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||22–7||Eddie Wineland||Decision (split)||UFC 155||December 29, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–6||Yves Jabouin||KO (punch)||UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic||September 29, 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||April 14, 2012||2||4:05||Stockholm, Sweden||Fight of the Night|
|Loss||20–6||Renan Barão||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 138||November 5, 2011||1||4:09||Birmingham, England||Fight of the Night|
|Win||20–5||Ivan Menjivar||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 53||December 16, 2010||3||5:00||Glendale, Arizona, United States|
|Loss||19–5||Scott Jorgensen||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 50||August 18, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||19–4||Demetrious Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||18–4||Kyle Dietz||Submission (Peruvian necktie)||WEC 45||December 19, 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||August 22, 2009||1||2:26||London, England||Won Ultimate Challenge UK Featherweight championship|
|Win||16–4||Dino Gambatesa||Submission (guillotine choke)||UCMMA 3: Unstoppable||March 28, 2009||2||0:15||London, England|
|Win||15–4||Antanas Jazbutis||KO (punch to the body)||Cage Rage 28||September 20, 2008||3||N/A||London, England|
|Win||14–4||Cristian Binda||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Rage 27||July 12, 2008||2||2:52||London, England|
|Win||13–4||Paul Reed||Decision (majority)||Cage Rage 26||May 10, 2008||3||5:00||Birmingham, England|
|Win||12–4||Frederic Fernandez||Submission (guillotine choke)||FX3: Fight Night 7||March 15, 2008||1||N/A||Reading, England|
|Win||11–4||Vaughan Lee||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage: Contenders 6||August 18, 2007||3||3:20||London, England|
|Loss||10–4||Hideo Tokoro||Submission (armbar)||Dynamite!! USA||June 2, 2007||1||2:41||Los Angeles, California, United States||Lightweight Bout|
|Loss||10–3||Alex Owen||Decision (majority)||Cage Rage 21||April 21, 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||10–2||Gilbert Sims||TKO (punches)||Bodog Fight: Costa Rica Combat||February 16, 2007||2||3:12||Costa Rica|
|Win||9–2||Phil Raeburn||Submission (armbar)||HOP 7: Cage Fever||November 26, 2006||1||3:20||Swansea, Wales|
|Win||8–2||Bret Lee||Submission (armbar)||Intense Fighting: Caged||November 11, 2006||1||1:18||England|
|Win||7–2||John Trent||Submission (armbar)||Absolute Fighting Championships 19||October 21, 2006||1||3:58||Boca Raton, Florida, United States|
|Loss||6–2||Robbie Olivier||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Rage 18||September 30, 2006||3||3:03||London, England||Lost the Cage Rage British Featherweight Championship|
|Win||6–1||Hiroyuki Abe||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Rage 16||April 22, 2006||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||5–1||Robbie Olivier||Decision (majority)||Cage Rage 15||February 4, 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||September 10, 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||July 2, 2005||2||2:32||London, England|
|Win||2–1||Aaron Blackwell||TKO (corner stoppage)||Cage Rage 11: Face Off||April 30, 2005||2||5:00||London, England|
|Loss||1–1||Chris Freeborn||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 10: Deliverance||February 26, 2005||2||3:20||London, England|
|Win||1–0||Stuart Grant||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 9: No Mercy||November 27, 2004||1||0:17||London, England|
- UFC Fighter Rankings
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- "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010.
- "Miguel Torres announces he's been offered and accepted a fight with Brad Pickett at UFC 130". mmaweekly.com. February 11, 2011.
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- "Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao added to UFC 138 in England". mmajunkie.com. July 19, 2011.
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- "UFC Fight Night 37 results: Brad Pickett defeats Neil Seery by UD in fantastic fight". fansided.com. March 8, 2014.