UFC bantamweight Brad Pickett may have more submissions than knockouts to his credit but the 34-year old Brit was given the nickname “One Punch” for a reason. In truth, Pickett’s power has been on display a number of times in the past, netting him seven strike-based stoppages in the past including a first-frame starching of Yves Jabouin last year.
Pickett will look to score a similarly spectacular finish next weekend in Stockholm when he mixes it up with Mike Easton at UFC on Fuel 9. Though Easton is seen as somewhat of a bruiser, Pickett recently made it clear he’s ready to smash “The Hulk” in the stand-up department regardless of reputation.
“He’s very athletic and fast. He’s aggressive, but so am I. I tend to think I’m a bit more aggressive than he is. I think I have more punching power than he does and I don’t really [back up] in a fight,” said Pickett. “It will be interesting to see who controls the center of the cage.”
Of course, outpointing Easton isn’t the only goal Pickett has – it’s just his most immediate one.
“Even if I beat Mike Easton, I’m not right back in the picture. If I beat him in devastating fashion, maybe, but I need to beat him, beat him well and then maybe one other fight and then I’ll be back there,” offered Pickett. “But I’m not looking at that too much. Winning always puts me in a good position. My job is just to keep winning.”
The 22-7 Pickett hasn’t fought since a Split Decision loss to top contender Eddie Wineland in December. Prior to the stumble he’d gone 5-2 under the Zuffa banner with notable triumphs against Ivan Menjivar and Demetrious Johnson. Seventeen of his wins have featured some form of finish.
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