UFC on FUEL TV 9: Brad Pickett will try to ‘knock Mike Easton’s head off’ with his black belt in MMA

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Brad Pickett says Mike Easton's black belt in jiu-jitsu doesn't bother him ahead of their UFC on FUEL TV 9 bantamweight bout because "One Punch" holds a black belt in MMA, one he plans to use to "knock his opponents head off."

Black belt in jiu-jitsu? How about a black belt in mixed martial arts (MMA)?

There's a reason why Brad Pickett is one of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White's favorite fighters, and that's because the British banger has a knack for putting on exciting fights and brings it night after night.

As evidenced by his five post-fight bonuses including consecutive "Fight of The Night" awards at UFC on FUEL TV 6 and UFC 138 followed by a "Knockout of The Night" performance at UFC on FUEL TV 7 against Yves Jabouin, Pickett knows how to entertain rabid fight fans, and pick up some wins in the process.

So, how does "One Punch" manage to dazzle and earn all the bonuses?

With his black belt in MMA, of course, and he plans to put it on full display when he takes on Mike Easton -- who holds a black belt in jiu-jitsu -- at UFC on FUEL TV 9 on April 6, 2013.

His words to ESPN:

"[Easton] likes to come forward in his fights and so do I. So it's going to be about who can impose their will enough to put the other person on the back foot. It's a tricky one, even on the ground. He's a black belt in jiu-jitsu but it doesn't really bother me. I'm a black belt in MMA. The thing about Easton is he doesn't pull the trigger. He's got a lot of aggression but he doesn't do much with it. With me, I'll come forward and try to knock your head off."

Both men are coming off losses with Easton having his eight-fight win streak snapped by Raphael Assuncao at UFC on FOX 5 and Pickett losing to Eddie Wineland via razor-thin split decision at UFC 155 last December.

"The Hulk's" jiu-jitsu black belt or "One Punch's" MMA black belt? Who's your pick to come out on top when these two bantamweight contenders collide in Stockholm, Sweden?

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