LAS VEGAS – Jamie Pickett beat Joseph Holmes with a unanimous decision Saturday to close out the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 32 in Las Vegas.
Take a look inside the fight with Pickett, who won for the second straight time after back-to-back losses to open his UFC career.
Joseph Holmes vs. Jamie Pickett
Result: Jamie Pickett def. Joseph Holmes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Updated records: Pickett (13-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Holmes (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Key stat: Holmes landed more strikes, but Pickett hit a pair of takedowns on his way to the win.
Pickett on the fight’s key moment
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 15: (R-L) Jamie Pickett punches Joseph Holmes in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on January 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
“I did not expect him to be so long. I thought we both (had) an 80-inch reach. But I didn’t account for his height. He was longer than me and I’m not used to that. I had to adjust. Usually, I can hit somebody and just take a half-step back and I’m way out of the way. With him, a whole foot back and he was like Stretch Armstrong. It was weird.”
Pickett on a short-notice opponent
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 15: (L-R) Joseph Holmes kicks Jamie Pickett in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on January 15, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
“He’s a human. I’m going to have to fight everybody anyway, right? We’re all going to have to fight each other at some point. It’s different, but you’ve got to do it. It’s your job. It’s what we came to do. You sign on to fight.”
Pickett on what he wants next
“I’ll just talk to my manager and coaches and let them decide things. I’m like a woman with food. I don’t like to choose where we eat – I like to be told. I’m more like a soldier. I want to be told. I want to make a plan.”
To hear more from Pickett, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.