Brad Pickett will bid farewell to mixed martial arts on home soil when he faces Enrique Briones at UFC Fight Night in London on March 18.
The Las Vegas-based promotion confirmed that the bantamweight pairing will be Pickett’s final bout in the Octagon. Five other bouts were also announced for the event: Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque at welterweight; Marc Diakiese vs. Teemu Packalen at lightweight; Tom Breese vs. Oluwale Bamgbose at welterweight; Bradley Scott vs. Scott Askham at middleweight; and Darren Stewart vs. Francimar Barroso at light heavyweight.
UFC Fight Night takes place at the O2 in London and streams in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass. A headliner for the card has not yet been revealed.
In his most recent outing, Pickett squared off against Urijah Faber in “The California Kid’s” swan song at UFC on Fox 22. “One Punch” dropped a unanimous verdict to Faber that night for his fifth loss in six Octagon appearances. The 38-year-old London native’s only triumph during that time came via split decision over Francisco Rivera at UFC Fight Night 84.
Pickett is 25-13 over the course of a career that began in 2004. He owns victories over the likes of Demetrious Johnson, Ivan Menjivar, Damacio Page, Yves Jabouin, and Neil Seery during his professional tenure.
After submitting Guido Cannetti in his promotional debut, Briones has dropped back-to-back fights against Cody Garbrandt and Douglas Silva de Andrade in his last two outings. The Mexican fighter is 16-6-1 as a pro, with 14 triumphs coming inside the distance.