An Interview With Brad Pickett

Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett

Fighting Out Of: London, England

Record: 25-14

Key Wins: Demetrious Johnson, Ivan Menjivar, Yves Jabouin

Last Fight: March 18th 2017 at UFC Fight Night London – Against Marlon Vera

Next Fight: Retired as of 2017

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Brad Pickett is a retired Mixed Martial Artist with a career that spanned nearly forty fights and thirteen years. Brad spent his entire career at the forefront of the lower weight classes, fighting primarily in the Bantamweight division. Throughout his storied career, he was never one to back down from a challenge, continuing to test himself against the best fighters in the world up until the very end. His exciting fighting style mixed with his genuine personality gained him respect and adoration from thousands of fans across the world. Brad entered the cage for the final time in March of 2017, ending his career with a record of 25-14, having fought nothing but the best fighters in the world.
Brad has now transitioned into the next chapter of his life and is finding great success in his post-fighting career. He is the co-founder and promoter of the exciting new English MMA promotion ROC (Rise Of Champions), putting together five great events so far. Brad has also made a seamless transition into coaching and is currently in the corner of some the most promising young fighters in the world, including Nathaniel Wood and Dominique Wooding.

What is the fight or performance from your career that you are most proud of?

“There are some big victories in my career that, at the time, didn’t seem as big as they do now. Obviously Demetrious Johnson for example. At the time I beat a 10-0 prospect, I didn’t realise how big he would get. So that fight and all my fights within the WEC I think were some of the best moments of my career. I had four fights in the WEC, I was 3-1. I won by Peruvian necktie, a really rare submission, in my debut. My second fight was against Demetrious Johnson and I beat him comfortably as well. Then in my third fight I lost a decision against Scott Jorgensen but that was a very good fight. And then my last fight in the WEC was against a real veteran, at the time, Ivan Menjivar. He was a big name for me to have beat back then, and then obviously winning that fight carried me over into the UFC. So overall my time in the WEC stands out as a really good highlight of my career.”

What is a technique that you feel is being criminally underused and under-trained in the sport today?

“Body Shots. Not a lot of people hit body shots. I think it’s very open. A lot of people cover up high and especially against the cage I don’t see many people ever go for liver shots. I think that should be used a lot more. People don’t realise, when you get hit in the head sometimes you can recover from that. Then sometimes you get hit with a body shot and it stays with you, I mean you can’t just shake off a body shot, it cripples you for a long time.”

Who is someone that you have trained with or been coached by that has consistently blown you away / impressed you?

“Mike Brown. He has been a long time training partner, friend and coach. We both trained together for a long long time and we were very good friends. I learnt a lot of my game from Mike Brown, a lot of my techniques are very similar to his. If mike and I both did a seminar it would be very similar because a lot of things I have learnt are from him. He is a world class coach and it surprises me even to this day how good his grappling is. He is crazy strong and always beat me. Even when he had retired and I was still active, I thought it might be my time to catch him with this and that. But no, he was my kryptonite throughout my whole career.”

If you could give your 18 year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Market yourself better. In now days it’s not so much about being a good fighter, there are plenty of good fighters out there. Now it’s about making people aware of you, marketing yourself and making yourself more of a brand. Making yourself valuable to a company. And then if you are good fighter and you can market yourself very well, you get paid a lot of money and you’re someone like Conor McGregor. But if you are just good at marketing yourself and not good a fighting you aren’t going to get very far. Or the other way round, you’re really good at fighting but you just don’t say anything, it will take you a lot longer to get somewhere. Look at someone like Khabib, yes he is a massive superstar now because he is an absolute beast and he is killing everyone, but he’s not very charismatic so his rise to the top has been a lot longer than someone like McGregor’s because he talks a lot. Obviously Khabib is unbeaten an had however many fights, more fights than Conor McGregor but McGregor has gone higher and earned more money in a short space of time because of how he talks. Anyway that’s what I would say, Market yourself a lot better.”

Who is someone that inspires you?

“That always changes. In fighting originally it was Bruce Lee, to be honest, because he was the first person to ever step out of his comfort zone from one martial art. Then he expressed different martial arts, took a bit out of this, took a bit out of that martial art and obviously back in those days it was very frowned upon. It was like ‘no this is how you throw a punch’ but really you can throw a punch this way or that way. And Bruce Lee was the first person, in my eyes, who actually brought martial arts together and tried different things. He was a pioneer for martial arts.”

What is a book you recommended to everyone?

“I am not much of a reader but there is one book I have been reading called ‘Eat That Frog’. It’s about time management. A lot of it just kinda echoed things I already do anyway but I still think it’s good. To me the biggest currency you have in your life is time. It is not money. People who are very successful within their life are very good with their time and the way they manage it. Everyone has the same amount of time per day as everyone else, it is what you do within that time that makes people different. I think time management is very important so either that book or any book on time management can be very valuable for everyone.”


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