Brad Pickett picked up his first win inside the Octagon yesterday (Sat., April 14, 2012) winning his second consecutive "Fight of the Night" bonus in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) following his back-and-forth brawl with Damacio Page at UFC on FUEL TV 2, his third in four fights dating back his days competing in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization.
Having come up short in his UFC debut at UFC 138 against the red hot Renan Barao last November, "One Punch" got back into the win column, which, at the end of the day, is the most important thing according to the Brit. Well, that and putting on exciting fights, of course.
Now that Pickett picked up that ever so important first win inside the Octagon, he says that he is not content with just being in the world's largest MMA promotion, but rather, he wants to do something big while he's there.
"Obviously, I'm over the moon with this tonight. This sport is a winning business. Fight of the Night is great to get, but at the end of the day you can't just be winning all the time but being a boring fighter, and you can't just be the most exciting fighter in the world and continue losing. You need to balance the both. The pressure I feel is what I put on myself, and that's to be a winner. I put more pressure on myself than anyone else. I'm a very proud person. I'm very competitive. Losing sucks. So I'm just happy to get back on the winning track. I'm here in the UFC to try and do something with myself, not just being happy being here."
Pickett, who has see-sawed back and forth with wins and losses in his last four outings, is truly one of the most exciting fighters in the UFC's Bantamweight division, as evidenced with the cool $120,000 in bonuses he has garnered over the last five months. He feels that, as a fighter, one has to find a balance between entertaining fans and getting the win in the process.
In a sport where critics are vast, fighters can't jump online without hearing their performances being criticized for playing it safe lest they end up attached to the dreaded lay-and-pray moniker. On the other hand, some fighters tend to throw caution to the wind and swing for the fences in hopes of purely entertaining the crowd, even if it does come at the expense of a win.
That balance, as much as a fighter wants to obtain it, is easier said than done. Brad Pickett, for one, is inching his way closer and closer to it.
How about it, Maniacs, do you agree with the Brit's comments? And should more fighters strive to find that balance?