Marlon Vera retires Brad Pickett with a head kick knockout

Brad Pickett

It was a heartbreaking way to end things, to put it lightly, but not a result that will have any effect on One Punch's legendary status in both his home country and the sport.

While "One Punch" was finished by Vera, he told reporters afterwards that he wouldn't have wanted the fight to have gone any other way. I say I fight for the fans.

Pickett more than held his own in the opening two rounds and held the advantage heading into the last. And to be honest, the younger me would've chewed that up and just carried on going.

"Obviously, it's not the fairytale ending that myself and probably everyone else wanted", he continued.

The 24-year-old stepped up on a weeks notice to fight Pickett and was on the back foot for much of the fight.

On not employing a safer fighting style late in the fight: "It's me - my fighting style". "I think everyone in there was rooting for me to win apart from Marlon and his corner, but I'm happy for him, he gets to feed his kids". "I could have gotten a takedown and laid on top of him. I love [referee] Grant Waterman, and I know he's got a job to do".

He said: "I'm so thankful to the UFC for giving me this platform".

No, Pickett never won gold under the UFC or WEC banners, but he he did the respect of his foes and admiration of fight fans across the globe for his entertaining fighting style.

Pickett had made it clear prior to the fight that he had planned on retiring after the event, but unfortunately the bout didn't go his way, as he was stopped in the third round when his opponent, Marlon Vera, landed a brutal head kick.

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