Jamie Pickett had failed to pick up a UFC contract on his first two tries. But there was no denying him a third time.
Pickett blitzed Jhonoven Pati early in the second round after a back-and-forth first, unleashing a flurry of punches – 22 in total, according to UFC President Dana White – that evoked Wanderlei Silva vs. Vitor Belfort and earned that coveted paper.
The middleweight bout headlined Week 4 of DWCS’ fourth season at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. In total four fighters received UFC contracts, including Pickett, Rafael Alves, Jeffrey Molina and Colin Huckbody.
After his first DWCS win, Pickett poured his heart out about the sacrifices made to get his third shot, describing to UFC commentator Laura Sanko a six-hour commute between gyms to train for Tuesday’s bout.
“I wanted it that bad,” he said. “I want a chance to provide and do better. Where I come from, there’s not a lot of opportunities. That’s why I’ve got stab wounds and a hammer hole [in my body]. I just want to show kids they can do better.”
White told Sanko, “Pickett’s dues are paid in full.”