On September 10, 2005, Pickett became the Cage Rage British Featherweight Champion, defeating Ozzy Haluk with a submission on the back of a stunning flying foot stomp to the face.
The aggressive Londoner fought at Flyweight, Featherweight, Bantamweight and Lightweight during a stellar 13-year career that saw him win 25 of his 39 fights. Between his peak years 2007 and 2010, Pickett was unbeaten.
He may have been known as ‘One Punch’ but his rock solid chin and bravery marked him down as one of the English MMA greats. He was famous for walking through punches to land KO victories of his own.
Always involved in exciting contests, the Brit was part of the UFC’s ‘Fight of the Night’ on four separate occasions. His attitude was always to go all out for the knockout.
He’s a huge character too, and had one of the most iconic ring entrances in the sport. Wearing a string vest, cut off jeans and a trilby hat, Pickett would walk into the octagon to the sound of ‘Wallop’ by Chas & Dave.
Despite suffering a number of losses towards the end of his UFC career, ‘One Punch’ was always one of the most attractive fighters on the bill. Fans flocked to see him in action.
Regarded as the people’s champion, Pickett’s most notable victories were against Demetrious Johnson in California in 2010, and Neil Seery in front of a packed crowd at the O2 Arena in 2014.