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Old 04-16-2012, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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With two FOTN bonusses Pickett can finally "indulge" a little

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Luxuries like a house and a car have thus far been out of reach for Brad Pickett.

The British bantamweight, who hails from London but trains at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., said he's lived a spartan lifestyle in pursuit of UFC gold.

But with a second consecutive fight bonus earned at this past Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 2 event, it might be time for Pickett to indulge.

Pickett (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) made his money in the second round of his fight by tapping out the hard-charging Damacio Page (12-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) with a rear-naked choke. The finish earned him an additional $50,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus.

UFC on FUEL TV 2 took place this past Saturday at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. Pickett vs. Page served as the first fight of the main card, which aired live on FUEL TV. (Preliminary-card fights streamed on Facebook.)

Asked what he'd spend his money on this time around, Pickett was conservative.

"I try to be sensible with my money," he said after the event. "To be honest, I sacrifice so much for this sport. I've been here such a long time, and any money I've ever earned in this sport, I always put it back into myself in my training.

"I don't have a car. I don't have a house. But now, eventually, now I've paid my dues, and I'm starting to reap some of the benefits. Now I can use some of that to get my own house."

Standing steps away at the podium, UFC president Dana White feigned shock.

"Holy [expletive]," he said. "How much are you spending on training? How much was your last bonus?

"Listen, buy a car. You've got enough money. Buy a car."

Pickett would appear to have a nest egg after Saturday night. In his previous bout, he won an extra $70,000 for "Fight of the Night" honors despite being put away in the first round by Renan Barao. Now 1-1 inside the octagon, he went 3-1 in the now-defunct WEC and won a "Fight of the Night" bonus after a losing bout with Scott Jorgensen and a "Submission of the Night" bonus over Kyle Dietz.

The extra money isn't enough to compensate for the hurt of loss, Pickett pointed out.

"This sport is a winning business," he said. "Obviously, you need to be in exciting fights. I won 'Fight of the Night' in my last fight, but I was on the losing end, so I'm happy to be in the 'Fight of the Night' on the winning end.

"'Fight of the Night' is great to get, but at the end of the day, you can't just be winning all the time and be a boring fighter, and you can't just be the most exciting fighter in the world who loses. You need to be able to balance the boat."

The Brit certainly seemed to find it on Saturday. Prior to his finish, Pickett zoomed around Page in the striking department and out-landied the fighter in significant and total strikes while completing four of five takedown attempts.

With Barao now set to fight Ivan Menjivar for No. 1 contender's status at UFC 148, Pickett could be on the short list for a title shot.

So he's saving up wins as well as dollars.

"I'm just happy to get back on the winning track," Pickett said. "I'm in the UFC to try and do something with myself. I'm not happy just being here."
Source: MMAjunkie.com

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Old 04-16-2012, 06:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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he can beat Barao 9 times out of 10 my ass
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good for him, I dont think Dana could even start to understand what its like to be poor or do without.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Love this guy. He is very close to over taking Bisping as my favourite Brit and i agree with what Goldie said on sat when he said Pickett is the most well rounded guy coming out of the UK.

Gotta think he is making some nice bank now though. He may have struggled when in the WEC although he did earn $20,000 in bonus checks alone between start of 2010 and end of 2011.

He doesn't need to worry now though, he'll be a mainstay at 135lbs and should pick up a few bonus checks along the way too.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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He's fun as shit to watch that Mighty Mouse fight was insane and the Barao fight was one of the best of last year.
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Good for him, I dont think Dana could even start to understand what its like to be poor or do without.
you're right. i heard that aerobics instructors made a ton of money in the early 90s.

he's probably never thought about money or what he can or can't afford.

come on man. that's simply not true.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Good for him, I dont think Dana could even start to understand what its like to be poor or do without.
I'm sure he has experienced, but whether he remembers is another thing.

Although having friends willing to lend you millions of dollars probably made his life alot easier.
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I remember seeing this guy fight on a beach long ago when he faught 1 fight in Bodog Fight and he TKO'd his guy. Nice to see him come so far and get some cash finally his way.
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