UFC bantamweight Brad Pickett eyes early 2016 return in London

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UFC bantamweight veteran Brad Pickett is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Thomas Almeida in his first fight back at 135-pounds since 2013. Unfortunately, we won't see 'One Punch' back in the Octagon for a little while, but for good reason. "I'm having a child, my first kid, in September," Pickett told MMAjr.co. "So for me, it's kind of like, my wife has supported me so much throughout my career when I go away and I'm training hard, so the first time we have a kid, I want to be there for my wife." The English fighter confirmed that he won't be competing until next year, and has already told the UFC matchmakers his plans. "I've already booked the rest of the year off, I won't compete again this year." Pickett is eyeing an early 2016 return to action and that lines up perfectly for a tentatively scheduled UFC event in London, England. He is completely aware of the promotion's potential return to London, and is hoping to be placed on that card. "There's a card in the O2 in London next year in February," he said. "So in my head, that's what I'm aiming for." Pickett hasn't put too much thought into a future opponent because February is still too far away. However, closer to the targeted event, he'll be searching for the right fight. "It's so far away I can't be saying I want this opponent now, because a lot of people want to fight and stay active and fight again till then," he explained. "Closer to the time I'll have a look around, but I'd just like to fight someone who's going to play the game a little bit and get into a fight. There's a lot of more of those people at 135 than there are at 125." However, there is one name he has in mind. A rematch with 'Young Guns'. "I mentioned it before, it was a little thing on Twitter, something about me and Scott Jorgensen," he said. "We've already had a fight, back in WEC -- it was a cracking fight. When you fight people, people think you hate each other. I love Scott Jorgensen, he's a great guy, we're good friends and all that. Fighting's fighting, and I'd rather be involved in a good fight with a friend, we're both going to end up getting paid. "For me, that's the fight I want."

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  1. philix

    November 19, 2015 at 7:44 pm

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