24 September 1978 |
|Other names||One Punch|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Division||Bantamweight (2009-2013, 2015-present)
|Reach||68.0 in (173 cm)|
|Fighting out of||London, England|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Brad Pickett (born 24 September 1978) is an English mixed martial artist and the former Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion. He currently competes as a bantamweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. 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.
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 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
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. 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 24 April 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 16 December 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 28 May 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 5 November 2011 at UFC 138. 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. on 14 April 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 17 August 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.
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. However, on 13 February, 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.
Return to Bantamweight
Pickett was expected to face Henry Briones on 27 February 2016 at UFC Fight Night 84. However, Briones pulled out of the bout on January 22 and was replaced by Francisco Rivera. Pickett won the back-and-forth fight via split decision. 19 of 24 media outlets scored the bout in favor of Rivera.
The bout with Henry Briones was rescheduled and expected to take place on 3 September 2016 at UFC Fight Night 93. However, Briones was replaced in early August for undisclosed reasons by Iuri Alcântara. Subsequently, that pairing was rescheduled to take place a month later at UFC 204. Pickett lost the fight via submission in the first round.
A rescheduled fight with Henry Briones is expected to take place on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107. Win or lose, the bout is expected to be the last of Pickett's career. After retiring, Pickett has stated that he would like to open his own gym and train young fighters. 
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|
|38 matches||25 wins||13 losses|
|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|
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