Talented WEC bantamweight carryover Brad “One-Punch” Pickett makes his UFC debut tomorrow in the co-main event of UFC 138, taking on 26-1 Brazilian up-and-comer Renan Barao.
The 33-year-old Brit will also be returning to compete on home soil for the first time since 2009, as UFC 138 will be taking place in Birmingham, England. Finally competing on the big show, Pickett explained this week that he’s looking forward to grabbing the attention of UK MMA fans who may not have followed his career during his stint in the WEC by showcasing his scrappy fighting style.
“It’s brilliant,” Pickett said of competing in England again. “My last four fights have been over in the US and I fought in the WEC, not the UFC. The WEC’s not really covered over in the UK, so a lot of people are just getting into the UFC from the UK, won’t even know who I am basically – unless they’re really into the sport, because it’s not covered over there. But now they get a chance to see what I’m about. I believe that anyone’s watched any of my fights, or have gone on YouTube and watched my highlights, they’re gonna love my style. Just like Chris (Leben) here, I bring it every time, I throw bombs and I always look to finish. Just like Chris as well, I don’t care about getting hit. It’s part of the sport. If you don’t like getting hit, you’re in the wrong sport.”
UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz goes down tomorrow from the LG Arena in Birmingham; FightLine will be back starting 12:30pm ET with live, ongoing coverage of the fights.