At UFC Fight Night 107: London, Brad Pickett made his final walk to the octagon, as he was set to retire following his bout against Marlon Vera.
Pickett made his professional MMA debut in 2004, and is one of the pioneers of the light weight-classes and their rise to the big stages such as the UFC and other big combat organizations.
Debuting for Cage Rage and essentially fighting for just the competition aspect, Picket made his rise and gained a wide following during his stay with WEC before being bought out by the UFC, in which provided the cage for his farewell fight, and countless new fans from all over the world.
The England native fell defeat in his last bout, getting knocked out by a head kick in the 3rd round. Pickett stated: “When I was younger, I would have eaten that kick and continued on”, showing why it was time to hang the gloves up, or in his case, take the hat off.
Pickett left every fight in the cage, and dedicated his body for entertainment and fun competition. A true warrior, and pioneer of this sport.
This is the only sport I really follow. I don’t understand football, like when the whistle blows, what happened? People make fun of me all the time for that but it’s not interesting to me. Kickboxing, boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and MMA. Watching all that takes up plenty of time, I don’t have time for anything else.
The conequences just aren’t the same. When I watch a kickboxing match or an MMA fight the consequences are so extreme that I’m engaged, I’m captivated.
There’s moments, like when Darren Elkins beat Mirsad Bektic, it’s so hard for me not to cry inside the octagon. When I was interviewing him after that fight, that guy just emptied out. His whole soul. He took a fucking beating for two and half rounds and didn’t give up an inch, there was no quit in him, none, and then finally in the third round he catches that guy.
There’s this fucking roar that he did after that fight stopped where he throws his arms back and starts moving around the cage and screaming, he’s covered in blood, that’s it right there.
[That’s one of the purest human moments that you can ever see.]
Really liked this from the UFC’s Joe Rogan, talking with Julie Kedzie on his passion for MMA.
I would tell you to start doing a martial art, any martial arts. I started in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, grew up in BJJ philosophy and I’m very thankful for that because I learned a lot about life, and the good things of life. I would tell young girls and boys to pick one of the martial arts and start doing it.