Ahead of his BKB debut on March 30th at the O2 Arena in London, England, Brad Pickett takes us down memory lane, expressing his favorite moment/time of his mixed martial arts career.
Editor’s Note: Adam LeBarr is a Staff Writer for BKB.
Brad Pickett, better known to some as ‘One Punch’ is set to make his bare-knuckle boxing debut late next month at BKB 16 in the O2 Arena, rather close to home for the former UFC and WEC competitor. His debut will mark the end of a two-year retirement, at least when talking about competing, as he still remains retired from MMA.
Pickett had his first professional MMA bout in November of 2004, later helping pave the way for the lighter weight-classes, ultimately bringing them to the grandest stage of mixed martial arts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He would make his first appearance for the promotion in November 2011, where he would suffer a loss in a thrilling fight against former Bantamweight champion, Renan Barao.
Now moved on from mixed martial arts, at least for now (you never know), ‘One Punch’ recounts his favorite moment of his MMA career, taking us down memory lane.
Cageside Press spoke with Brad Pickett while in training for his up-and-coming BKB bout, and his personal, close-to-home favorite moment comes as no surprise.
“Knocking out Yves [Jabouin] in Nottingham, England, with an uppercut. He was a dangerous striker, and also with a nickname like ‘One Punch’ it’s nice to live up to it once in a while,” he laughed.
At UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic in September of 2012, Pickett would score a first-round knockout of Jabouin, bringing his record at the time to 2-1 under the UFC banner.
Simply put, Pickett says his first emotion was pure happiness, saying, “[It] was great to fight in front of all my family and friends.”
During his 13-year career, competing for Cage Rage, WEC, UFC, etc. Pickett has many, many fantastic moments. With over 17 combined finishes, 25 total victories, Brad will now look to find success in the born-again sport that is bare-knuckle boxing. He will make his debut against Mark Handley, who is currently 2-0-1 in BKB.
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