One Punch is back. Earlier this afternoon, a confirmed report by MMAFighting announced that UK MMA veteran, Brad Pickett signed a multi-fight contract with Russian promotion, ACB. The report was confirmed by ACB officials.
Pickett’s return to action pulls him out of retirement, one that lasted one year and three months. The 39-year-old last fought for the UFC after successful stints earlier in his career with Cage Rage and the WEC.
He ended his UFC run on an unfortunate three-fight slide. After his most recent loss to Marlon Vera, ‘One Punch’ announced his retirement from the sport. Pickett went 5-9 overall during his time with the UFC, going 1-6 in his last seven bouts. While with the promotion, he earned five fight night bonuses.
Before his run with the UFC, Pickett was a dominant force in the WEC promotion. The London fighter held victories over Demetrious Johnson and Ivan Menjivar before the promotion dissolved into the UFC.
The London fighter now adds another wrinkle to a crammed schedule. Besides now re-establishing himself in the realm of fighting, he holds responsibilities as a coach at Team Titan and owner/match-maker of the Rise of Champions promotion.
When speaking with MMAFighting about the news, Pickett spoke about a potential opponent. The proposed opponent was one he had been eyeing since his time with the UFC. Pickett named Takeya Mizugaki, claiming that he doesn’t have anything to prove and an older veteran is a matchup more to his liking.
“I wanted to fight Takeya Mizugaki a few times in the UFC but it never materialized. He’s with ACB too so it seems like a good time to do it. He’s an older guy as well so I think it’s more on my playing field. I don’t need to fight some young kid. I don’t have a point to prove, I just want to be involved in a really good fight.”
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