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Brad Pickett – Full carrier review

Brad Pickett is a former mixed martial artist who was born in England on September 24, 1978. He was the former British Featherweight Champion of Cage Rage. Pickett participated in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a bantamweight, and Dana White cited him as one of his favourite competitors to watch. Moreover, he has competed for Bodog FIGHT, Global Extreme Cagefighting, and the Dynamite!! USA event.


As Pickett entered a bout, he frequently did so while singing Chas & Dave’s “Wallop,” donning a string vest, cut-off pants, and his signature trilby hat. He backs Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League.  Before to being involved in UK’s MMA scene, Pickett played football and boxing while growing up.

Mixed martial arts career

Early in his career, Pickett primarily competed for the Cage Rage organisation. His debut came on November 27, 2004, when he defeated Stuart Grant. On September 10, 2005, at Cage Rage 13, he defeated Ozzy Haluk by submission to win the title of Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion. Pickett defeated David Lee on August 22 at Ultimate Challenge MMA. Payback, which was hosted at The Troxy in London. It was Pickett’s seventh consecutive victory in a mixed martial arts match. A guillotine choke in the opening round gave the winner the advantage.

World Extreme Cagefighting

The WEC, which is controlled by Zuffa, declared on October 30, 2009, that Pickett had been signed to a multi-fight contract. On December 19, 2009, at WEC 45, Pickett, competing at bantamweight, made his WEC debut against Kyle Dietz. In the second round, he was submitted to win the match and earn Submission of the Night honours.

At WEC 48 on April 24, 2010, Pickett took on Demetrious Johnson, a rookie in the WEC. Both fighters traded blows and takedowns throughout the intense bout. Brad Pickett was more effective on the ground, controlling it with well-timed takedowns and counterstrikes. Pickett won by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28).

The WEC veteran Scott Jorgensen was Pickett’s opponent in the following fight.  The three-time Pac-10 champion ultimately outwrestled Pickett in the final two rounds, and Pickett fell to Jorgensen 30-27 on all of the judges’ scorecards after having some success on his feet during the first two rounds.

Pickett then squared off against Ivan Menjivar at WEC 53 on December 16, 2010. The competitors were evenly matched, and Pickett prevailed 29-28 on a unanimous judgement.

Ultimate Fighting Championship


The Global Extreme Cagefighting and the Ultimate Fighting Championship amalgamated in October 2010. All WEC fighters were moved to the UFC as part of the merger. On May 28, 2011, at UFC 130, Pickett was scheduled to make his UFC debut against former WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres.  Demetrious Johnson was brought in to replace Pickett after he was forced to ave the fight due to an injury. On November 5, 2011, Pickett competed against Renan Baro at UFC 138.  A rear-naked choke was used to force Pickett to submit in the opening round. The fight was named Fight of the Night. In the second round of UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva, Pickett submitted Damacio Page via a rear-naked choke.

14 April 2012. Fight of the Night was given to this match.


Late in 2013, it was revealed that Pickett would compete in his subsequent match at the Flyweight level. He was scheduled to face Ian McCall on March 8, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 37, in his Flyweight debut.  On February 13, it was revealed that McCall had withdrawn from the fight and had been replaced by promotional rookie Neil Seery. [28] He prevailed by unanimous judgement in the match.

The rescheduled fight with McCall took place at UFC Fight Night 46 on July 19, 2014.

Brad Pickett was defeated by a score of unanimous decisions. At UFC Fight Night 57 on November 22, 2014, Pickett squared off against Chico Camus. He was defeated in the back-and-forth fight by a narrow margin.

Return to Bantamweight

On July 11, 2015, at UFC 189, Pickett fought Thomas Almeida in a bantamweight contest. He was knocked out in the second round, dropping his third straight match.

At UFC Fight Night 84, Pickett was scheduled to compete against Henry Briones on February 27, 2016.

Nevertheless, on January 22, Briones withdrew, and Francisco Rivera took his place. The close battle was decided in favour of Pickett. 19 out of 24 media outlets gave Rivera the victory in the fight.

The match against Henry Briones was postponed and is now slated to occur at UFC Fight Night 93 on September 3, 2016. For unknown circumstances, Iuri Alcántara replaced Briones in the beginning of August.  The pairing was then rescheduled to occur at UFC one month later.

At UFC on Fox 22, Pickett took fight Urijah Faber on December 17, 2016.  He was defeated by a unanimous vote.

On March 18, 2017, a rescheduled matchup with Henry Briones was anticipated. But a week before the event, Briones cancelled, and Marlon Vera took his place. The contest was held at a catch weight of 140 lbs. because to the short notice and Vera’s lack of preparation. In the third round, TKO caused Pickett to lose the contest. [46] Pickett declared his intent to stop competing in MMA after the bout.

Return from retirement

After taking a self-imposed 17-month break, Pickett signed a multi-fight contract with Absolute Championship Berkut and was scheduled to compete against Jesse Brock at ACB 91, the promotion’s inaugural event in London.  The event was postponed, and it’s unclear how Pickett will fare with the marketing going forward.


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