Although Brad Pickett was ahead in his bout Saturday with Marlon Vera, before he was floored by a third round headkick, the 38 year-old isn’t rethinking his decision to hang up the gloves.
The British fighter reported, leading up to UFC Fight Night 107, that he would be retiring after the London event. Pickett ended up facing the 24 year-old Marlon Vera, who took the bout on short notice.
In the first two rounds, Vera threatened Pickett with strikes, but the latter landed his fair share of punches, and also scored some takedowns. If not for the headkick that Vera landed in round three, Pickett would have won his final fight.
While speaking to the media after the event, “One Punch” relayed that he wished the fight hadn’t been stopped, and that he believes he was okay after taking the kick. Pickett also understands, however, that referee Grant Waterman was just doing his job in callng the fight.
But, Pickett also had this to say about the fight ending blow (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It just shows basically I made the right decision before going into this fight,” Pickett said. “I was winning the fight for 14 minutes and then I got head kicked. And to be honest, the younger me would’ve chewed that up and just carried on going. So it’s definitely the right decision and obviously it’s not the fairy tale ending that myself and probably everybody else wanted. I think everyone in there was rooting for me to win apart from Marlon and his corner, but I’m happy for him, he gets to feed his kids.”
Pickett certainly demonstrated throughout his career that he’s as rugged and tough as they come. It would have been nice for Pickett and his supporters if he had been able to record a win in his final fight, but that’s why MMA is such a compelling and exciting sport. You never know what’s going to happen next.
Pickett finished out his career with a record of 25-14.