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Brad Pickett Deserves A UFC Bantamweight Title Shot

Gary A. Vasquez-USA Today Sports

Brad Pickett turned in another dynamic performance Saturday in his unanimous decision victory over Mike Easton at UFC on Fuel TV 9.

Pickett received another “Fight of the Night” award, pocketing a large bonus check for his handiwork. “One Punch” now has five bonuses in his last seven UFC fights, which makes him an ideal fighter to headline a major card. The perfect fight for Pickett would be a rematch against bantamweight champion Renan Barao.

Pickett fought Barao at UFC 138, receiving “Fight of the Night” honors on that stacked card. Unfortunately for Pickett, Barao landed several strikes during a wild exchange leading to a submission near the end of the first round.

On Saturday, Pickett showed the world he is ready for a rematch.

After UFC on Fuel TV 9, Pickett spoke about his exciting victory with fightersonlymag.com. “It was a fast-paced fight and we threw a lot of punches,” Pickett said. “In the UFC, of my five fights I’ve had four bonuses, so I am doing okay at the moment.”

Although he feels ready for a title shot, Pickett believes the MMA community does not give him the respect he deserves.

“Sometimes I feel like my hard work goes unnoticed,” Pickett said. “I do feel like I get overlooked a little bit.”

One of the primary reasons Pickett remains relatively unknown is the fact he has fought in the United States only one time in the last three years. With his spectacular performances, however, Pickett has established a first-rate highlight reel and it should be easy for the UFC to promote for a big fight.

Barao, who is currently scheduled to fight Eddie Wineland at UFC 161, should not be surprised to see Pickett sitting cageside for his next title defense. Pickett will be sizing up the Brazilian champion for an upcoming rematch between two of the most exciting fighters in MMA.