UFC on Fuel TV 9: Brad Pickett is the Most Exciting Bantamweight in MMA

By Kevin Jaress
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

At next month’s UFC on Fuel TV 9, Brad Pickett will match up against fellow bantamweight contender Mike Easton on the event’s main card.

In a card featuring many dynamic fighters, Pickett and Easton have the best chance to pocket an additional $50,000 in “Fight of the Night” bonus money.

UFC on Fuel TV 9 is taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. Pickett’s last three fights in Europe have been spectacular, as he has taken home bonuses for his thrilling performances. Pickett is currently ranked at No. 5 in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, and his ranking would likely be higher if it were not for the British fighter’s struggles fighting in the United States.

Pickett has lost two of his last three fights in North America, including his UFC 155 bout against Eddie Wineland. In his fight against Wineland, Pickett appeared a step slower than normal, causing many to speculate on the effects of his travel from Europe.

On Apr. 6, however, Pickett will have traveled less than three hours from England to Sweden and will be in top form for his fight against Easton.

Pickett recently spoke to Studio MMA about how happy he is to fight in Europe again. “It’s a very nice atmosphere,” Pickett said, referring to the Swedish MMA fans. “In America, sometimes you hear crowds boo, and it’s just, you know, I don’t like people booing. I find that the Swedish crowds are very respectful and they are quite a joy to fight in front of.”

Pickett, who enjoys putting on crowd-pleasing performances, is certain to come out swinging early against Easton. “I like to be exciting and I want to be that guy who has exciting fights,” he said. “I pride myself in being in good fights.”

The stage is set for Pickett to put on another one of his exciting fights on Apr. 6 in Stockholm.

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