Brad Pickett

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Brad Pickett
Brad Pickett WEC 53.jpg
Born (1978-09-24) 24 September 1978 (age 40)
London, England
Other namesOne Punch
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
DivisionFlyweight (2014)
Bantamweight (2009-2013, 2015-2017)
Featherweight (2004-2009)
(145–155 Ib) (2007)
Reach68 in (173 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofLondon, England
TeamAmerican Top Team
Years active2004-2017, 2018
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission10
By decision8
By knockout3
By submission5
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Brad Pickett (born 24 September 1978) is an English mixed martial artist currently signed to Absolute Championship Berkut. He is the former Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion. He competed as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship; Dana White stated that Pickett was one of his favourite fighters to watch.[3] He has also competed for World Extreme Cagefighting and BodogFIGHT, and at the Dynamite!! USA event.


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.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early in his career, Pickett fought mainly for the Cage Rage organisation; his first appearance was on 27 November 2004 with a win over Stuart Grant. He became the Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion on 10 September 2005 at Cage Rage 13 by defeating Ozzy Haluk, via submission following a flying foot-stomp 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. The win came due to a guillotine choke during a first round in which Lee began aggressively, 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.[5] He won the fight via submission in the second round by Peruvian neck tie, also winning Submission of the Night honours.[6]

Pickett next faced WEC newcomer Demetrious Johnson on 24 April 2010 at WEC 48.[7] 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 counter-strikes, winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).

Pickett's next bout was against WEC veteran Scott Jorgensen.[8] Pickett experienced some success on his feet during the first two rounds, but was ultimately out-wrestled 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.[9] 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]


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.[10]

Pickett was expected to make his UFC debut against former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres on 28 May 2011 at UFC 130.[11] However, Pickett was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Demetrious Johnson.[12]

Pickett faced Renan Barão on 5 November 2011 at UFC 138.[13] Pickett was submitted in the first round via rear-naked choke after getting dropped by a flurry from Barão. 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.[14] 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.[15] He won the fight via first-round KO, earning Knockout of the Night honours in the process.

Pickett was defeated by Eddie Wineland via split decision on 29 December 2012 at UFC 155.[16]

Pickett faced Mike Easton on 6 April 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[17] He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision. The win also earning Pickett his third Fight of the Night bonus.[18]

Pickett faced Michael McDonald on 17 August 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[19] Despite withstanding a significant amount of heavy shots in the first round, Pickett lost the fight via submission (triangle choke) in the second round.[20] Despite the loss, the fight earned Pickett his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award.[21]


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.[22] However, on 13 February, it was announced that McCall had pulled out of the bout and was replaced by promotional newcomer Neil Seery.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

The rescheduled bout with McCall took place on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46.[25] Pickett lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Pickett faced Chico Camus on 22 November 2014 at UFC Fight Night 57.[26] He lost the back-and-forth fight via split decision.

Return to Bantamweight[edit]

Pickett faced Thomas Almeida in a bantamweight bout on 11 July 2015 at UFC 189.[27] He lost his third straight fight via KO in the second round.[28]

Pickett was expected to face Henry Briones on 27 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84.[29] However, Briones pulled out of the bout on January 22 and was replaced by Francisco Rivera.[30] Pickett won the back-and-forth fight via split decision.[31] 19 of 24 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Rivera.[32]

The bout with Henry Briones was rescheduled and expected to take place on 3 September 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93.[33] However, Briones was replaced in early August for undisclosed reasons by Iuri Alcântara.[34] Subsequently, that pairing was rescheduled to take place a month later at UFC 204.[35] Pickett lost the fight via submission in the first round.[36]

Pickett faced Urijah Faber on 17 December 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[37] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[38]

A rescheduled fight with Henry Briones was expected to take place on 18 March 2017. However, Briones pulled out a week before the event and was replaced by Marlon Vera. Due to the short notice and preparation for Vera, the bout was contested at a catch weight of 140 lbs.[39] Pickett lost the fight via TKO in the third round.[40] After the fight, Pickett confirmed his intention to retire from MMA competition.[41]

Return from retirement[edit]

After a self-imposed 17-month hiatus, Pickett signed a multi-fight deal with Absolute Championship Berkut and was expected to fight in ACB's first event in London, ACB 91 against Jesse Brock.[42][43] However, the event was cancelled and Pickett's status with the promotion moving forward is unknown.[44]

Championships and awards[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 25–14 Marlon Vera TKO (head kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson 18 March 2017 3 3:50 London, England Catchweight (140 lbs) bout.
Loss 25–13 Urijah Faber Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson 17 December 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 25–12 Iuri Alcântara Submission (triangle choke) UFC 204 8 October 2016 1 1:59 Manchester, England
Win 25–11 Francisco Rivera Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping 27 February 2016 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 24–11 Thomas Almeida KO (flying knee) UFC 189 11 July 2015 2 0:29 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 24–10 Chico Camus Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson 22 November 2014 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
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 the 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 TKO (body punch) 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 10 September 2005 2 4:25 London, England Won the Cage Rage British Featherweight Championship.
Win 3–1 Jordan Miller Submission (armbar) Cage Rage 12 2 July 2005 2 2:32 London, England
Win 2–1 Aaron Blackwell TKO (corner stoppage) Cage Rage 11 30 April 2005 2 5:00 London, England
Loss 1–1 Chris Freeborn TKO (punches) Cage Rage 10 26 February 2005 2 3:20 London, England
Win 1–0 Stuart Grant TKO (punches) Cage Rage 9 27 November 2004 1 0:17 London, England

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 189 Mendes vs. McGregor". Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Edgar vs. Swanson". Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Brad Pickett 'honored' to have Dana White as a fan". 1 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Pickett's Title Shot". Daily Express,28 October 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Pickett set to face Dietz at WEC 45". Archived from the original on 5 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-01.
  6. ^ "WEC 45 bonuses: Cerrone, Ratcliff, Jorgensen, Mizugaki share "Fight of the Night"". Archived from the original on 22 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20.
  7. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. newcomer Demetrious Johnson official for WEC 48 prelims". Archived from the original on 15 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
  8. ^ "Scott Jorgensen To Face Brad Pickett At "WEC: Cruz vs. Benavidez"". 2010-06-21.
  9. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. Ivan Menjivar added to promotion-ending WEC 53 card". 4 November 2010. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010.
  10. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". 28 October 2010. Archived from the original on 31 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Miguel Torres announces he's been offered and accepted a fight with Brad Pickett at UFC 130". 11 February 2011.
  12. ^ "UFC 130: Miguel Torres vs Demetrious Johnson booked with Brad Pickett injured". 21 April 2011.
  13. ^ "Brad Pickett vs. Renan Barao added to UFC 138 in England". 19 July 2011. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  14. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 2 adds Pickett vs. Page in Sweden". 10 January 2012. Archived from the original on 13 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Pickett Draws Jabouin For UFC Card In Nottingham". Your MMA. Archived from the original on 15 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Brad Pickett To Face Eddie Wineland At UFC 155". Your MMA. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Pickett vs. Easton: UFC Stockholm". 7 Feb 2013. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013.
  18. ^ Staff (2013-04-06). "UFC on FUEL TV 9 bonuses: McGregor, Madadi, Pickett, Easton win $60,000". Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  19. ^ Mike Bohn (2013-06-04). "Brad Pickett vs. Michael McDonald added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 debut event in Boston". Retrieved 2013-06-04.
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  21. ^ Staff (17 August 2013). "UFC Fight Night 26 bonuses: Browne, Brown, Sonnen, McDonald, Pickett earn awards". Archived from the original on 20 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  22. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (8 November 2013). "Brad Pickett drops down to flyweight, wants fight at UFC London event in March of 2014".
  23. ^ Staff (2014-02-20). "Irish newcomer Neil Seery meets Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 37 in London". MMA Junkie. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  24. ^ "UFC Fight Night 37 results: Brad Pickett defeats Neil Seery by UD in fantastic fight". 8 March 2014.
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  26. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2014-09-23). "Flyweights Brad Pickett, Chico Camus booked for UFC Fight Night in Austin". Retrieved 2014-09-23.
  27. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-04). "Brad Pickett returns to bantamweight, meets Thomas Almeida at UFC 189". Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  28. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-07-11). "UFC 189 results: Perfect flying knee gives Thomas Almeida sick KO of Brad Pickett". Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  29. ^ Staff (2015-12-14). "Pickett vs. Briones, Grant vs. Vera joins UFC Fight Night 84 in London". Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  30. ^ Staff (2016-01-22). "Francisco Rivera in for Henry Briones to meet Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 84". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  31. ^ Dave Doyle (2016-02-27). "UFC Fight Night 84 results: Brad Pickett takes questionable decision from Francisco Rivera". Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  32. ^ "Brad Pickett defeats Francisco Rivera". Retrieved 2016-01-o2. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  33. ^ Simon Head (2016-06-17). "Fan favourite Brad Pickett lands bout at UFC Hamburg". Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  34. ^ Raphael Marinho (2016-08-02). "Iuri Marajo replaces Briones and sees Brad Pickett at UFC in Germany (Brazilian Portuguese)". Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  35. ^ Danny Segura (2016-08-10). "Brad Pickett vs. Iuri Alcantara scheduled for UFC 204". Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  36. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-10-08). "UFC 204 results: Iuri Alcantara taps out England's own Brad Pickett with first-round triangle choke". Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  37. ^ Jesse Holland (2016-10-18). "Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett set for UFC on Fox 22 in Sacramento". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  38. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Vintage Urijah Faber dazzles in retirement fight against Brad Pickett". Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  39. ^ Simon Head (2017-03-11). "Brad Pickett gets new foe for next week's retirement fight at UFC Fight Night 107". Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  40. ^ Jed Meshew (2017-03-18). "Marlon Vera retires Brad Pickett with head kick knockout". Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  41. ^ Adam Guillen Jr. (2017-03-20). "Brad Pickett retires from UFC with a loss ... and he's fine with that". Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  42. ^ Peter Carroll (June 14, 2018). "Unretired Brad Pickett signs multi-fight deal with ACB, set for London debut".
  43. ^ Peter Carroll (July 4, 2018). "Brad Pickett returns to action against Jesse Brock at ACB 91: London".
  44. ^ Peter Carroll (2017-07-10). "Brad Pickett still aiming for competitive return despite ACB 91 cancellation". Retrieved 2018-07-10.

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