Jamie Pickett did not have an straightforward road to travel to get paid his UFC deal.
It’s been well documented how the middleweight prospect suffered again-to-back losses on Dana White’s Contender Collection and the 2nd defeat experienced him contemplating retirement. He experienced labored his complete job for the chance to combat in the UFC but just after slipping to Puna Soriano in 2019, it appeared his dream may possibly never become reality.
But he resolved to stick all-around the combat game to see if one more possibility to demonstrate himself may well occur. Just more than a yr past his previous visual appeal on the Contender Collection, Pickett was questioned back yet again and he knew this was possibly do-or-die when it arrived to signing up for the UFC.
A blistering next-spherical knockout answered all of those concerns as Pickett demolished Jhonoven Pati and soon just after UFC president Dana White welcomed him to the firm with a multi-fight deal.
“It was a tough struggle,” Pickett reported when speaking to MMA Combating. “Plenty of ups and downs. It was challenging for me. Finding by means of all that things and keeping beneficial but I stayed favourable. I stayed on my road. I’m a really identified person. I just was not going to get no for an response.”
At UFC Vegas 17, Pickett will deal with an additional Contender Collection veteran in Tafon Nchukwi, who actually inked a agreement with the promotion in just his fourth expert fight all round. Although Pickett certainly does not begrudge Nchukwi for finding into the UFC so early in his job, the 32-year-old veteran is aware of without having a doubt he earned his place right after experiencing all sorts adversity to get there.
“I experienced to make every little thing,” Pickett stated. “My opponent, no offense to him, he’s obtaining in right after only 4 fights. Well it was three fights. His fourth combat acquired him in the UFC. I see other fighters with only a few fights. My 15th fight, I acquired in this article. I experienced kickboxing bouts and a bunch of jiu-jitsu matches and stuff so I’m been by way of it. But my 15th fight acquired me in the UFC. 1st time I was heading to battle in the UFC, it was like my 10th battle or 11th combat, or one thing like that.
“For individuals to get in, I never want to say very easily, but it tends to make me kind of seem like I experienced to go by means of all this and you guys didn’t have to go through near what I did. I’m not mad about it but I experienced to get the job done a great deal more difficult.”
Now that he’s about to make his debut, Pickett claims that what he showed throughout the Contender Sequence was only just the begin of what he ideas to unleash inside the UFC octagon.
Though he never ever always performed it secure as he competed on the regional circuit, Pickett expects to showcase a much more intense edition of his style setting up with his fight on Saturday night.
“My constraints are over now,” Pickett spelled out. “I want to put on a show. I was battling to get into the UFC. Now I’m here. Now I want to set on a present. I want people today to want to know when I struggle following.
“Like Israel Adesanya, they cannot wait to see him struggle subsequent. Conor [McGregor], they can not hold out to see him combat. I’m attempting to be like that. [Jorge] Masvidal, [Donald] ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, I want to be like that where by individuals are just fired up to see me struggle lead to they know I’m likely to do one thing wild.”
Experiencing off from an opponent like Nchukwi, who has acquired knockouts in all four of his professional fights, can make Pickett believe that his UFC profession will absolutely get started with a bang this weekend.
“I approach to use anything that I have,” Pickett explained when offering his prediction for the struggle. “All my methods. All my experience. He options to do the similar factor. It’s all likely to arrive down to who plays their recreation the best. He can play his match better than me, I can engage in my video game better than him.
“We’re going to uncover out but if I’m a betting gentleman, I’m heading to bet on myself.”