Having your boss a fan of your work is always a good thin and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, among many others, is obviously a fan of bantamweight contender Brad Pickett and his "brawler" mentality when it comes to the fight game.
The 34-year old British brawler lived up to his moniker, "One Punch," this past weekend (Sept. 29, 2012) at UFC on Fuel TV: "Struve vs. Miocic," which went down in Nottingham, England. Pickett delivered a powerful uppercut that floored Yves Jabouin in the first round of their 135-pound clash. He followed up the powerful blow with a few good shots for good measure, giving him his second straight victory as well as his third consecutive "Fight Night" bonus, earning "Knockout of the Night" honors.
Known for putting on exciting performances each time out has made him a fan favorite in his native United Kingdom, as well as all over the world. UFC head honcho Dana White has been open about how much he appreciates Pickett's fighting style, giving him a standing ovation after his victory over Jabouin.
Winning two of his three fights inside the Octagon, with his only loss coming at the hands off the promotion's interim bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, Pickett is slowly climbing the ranks of the 135-pound division.
"Personally, it's the best feeling in the world when you stop someone. Don't get me wrong, winning a decision is good, as well, but me, personally, if you've seen my fights, I like to brawl and I like to stay in the pocket, I don't mind getting hit and I want to hit someone back. For me, it's the best satisfaction."
That kind of attitude has earned him a fan in UFC President Dana White:
"Anyone in any job, if their boss is a huge fan of them, it's certainly going to be good for you and your career. For me, I'm honored. To be honest, he knows the fight game. He's been in the fight game. I'm a product. As much as I'm a fighter, I know I'm a product and you want people to enjoy your fights. Not just Dana White, you want your fans, because at the end of the day, they paid money to watch you fight. If your fight is always boring, no one wants to see you fight, so it's good to be in exciting fights. Don't get me wrong, you need to win as well, you can't be an exciting fighter and in exciting fight all the time and lose al the time and be in this job. And you can't always win all the time and just lay on the guy and not do anything because as soon as you lose you'll probably end up on the undercard a lot because you're in boring fights. You need to mix it up. I'm glad Dana loves my style. I've always been that type of guy. I like to get in the mix. I like getting in the pocket and being in a fight."
Not one to call anyone out, Picket says he would love a fight against Michael McDonald in his next outing:
"To be honest, I'd really like to fight Michael McDonald. I never, ever, ever call anyone out and even now I'm not calling him out. It's just a fight for me I really like. We both like to throw bombs. He's knocked some people out, I can knock people out. He's ranked above me and that's where I want to go. Ranks are ranks and the only ranks that count to me are number one. Anything past number one is really opinion. All the people that I've fought were below me at the time, even Barao, when I fought him he was below me. Now he's gone above me. But, I'm always fighting people behind me so it would be nice to get that shot and fight someone above me."
Currently riding an eight fight win streak (4-0 UFC), McDonald is coming off a devastating first round knockout victory over former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) bantamweight champion Miguel Torres at UFC 145.
With current division champion Dominick Cruz currently on the sidelines because of injury and Barao content in holding out until "The Dominator" is healed up to unify the titles, a bout between McDonald and Pickett would seem ideal at the moment.
Anyone out there object to this match up?
In the meantime, check out Pickett's "Knockout of the Night" award-winning performance: