With two 'FOTN' bonuses, UFC on FUEL TV 2's Pickett should enjoy the good life
by Steven Marrocco on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm ET
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."