Brad Pickett issues statement following retirement fight loss

By Chris Taylor - March 18, 2017

UFC bantamweight veteran Brad Pickett retired following his UFC Fight Night 107 TKO loss to Marlon Vera last night in London, England.

Pickett had a strong opening two rounds utilizing some timely takedowns and ground and pound to get up on the judges scorecards 20-18 heading into round three.

However, the tide turned against “One Punch” in the final frame as Vera was able to find his range and land a variety of punches and kicks on the hometown favorite.

With a little over a minute to go in the final round, Vera caught Pickett with a head kick that sent the Englishman crashing to the canvas. From there Marlon landed a big hammer fist which prompted the referee to step in and stop the fight.

It was a very disappointing end to what was nothing short of a great career for the 38-year-old product of London.

Shortly after last night’s event, “One Punch” took to his Instagram where he issued the following statement regarding the heartbreaking loss.

Brad Pickett went 25-14 in his mixed martial arts career scoring many notable wins including a decision victory over current UFC flyweight kingpin Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson at WEC 48 in April of 2010.

The bantamweight veteran scored his most recent victory over Francisco Rivera in February of 2016 via split-decision at UFC Fight Night 84.

The 38-year-old ended his career on a three fight losing skid suffering recent setbacks to Urijah Faber and Iuri Alcantera.

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