With a career that spans well over a decade, Brad Pickett has not only witnessed the sport of MMA evolve – he’s been at the centre of it all.
His fighting style – focusing heavily on boxing and striking – earned him the nickname One Punch early on in his career.
Having first stepped in to the cage in 2004, just two years later he was the Cage Rage featherweight champion, before later also claiming the Ultimate Challenge MMA featherweight belt in 2009.
With the UK scene conquered, Pickett was signed to WEC and made his debut in December 2009, submitting his opponent with a Peruvian Necktie, earning him ‘Submission of the Night’ honour.
Next on the agenda was at-the-time undefeated Demetrious Johnson, who Pickett put in his place with a unanimous decision.
Following an overall successful run in WEC, Brad’s contract was transferred over to the UFC when the companies merged in 2010. Having fought at both bantamweight and flyweight in the UFC, Pickett has picked up an army of fans around the world who follow the charismatic athlete’s every victory and defeat. Regularly heralded as one of Dana White’s favourite fighters to watch, Pickett’s flair for delivering entertaining fights has seen him pick up multiple Fight of the Night bonuses along the way.
Pickett has one more fight on the horizon before he plans to hang up his UFC gloves for good. The impact that Brad and other pioneering fighters have had on the sport of MMA is immeasurable; their places are well and truly etched into the history books.