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Pickett warns Barao: 'I'm dangerous in all areas'
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Brad Pickett insists Renan Barao only has to pick up a DVD of the Brit's career highlights to know that he is heading for trouble at UFC 138 this weekend.
Pickett makes his UFC debut in Saturday's co-main event against a man who has not lost in 27 fights. The winner is likely to move within one more victory of a title shot in the bantamweight division.
Pickett is a man who likes to let his fists do the majority of his talking, so there are no major statements coming out of his camp in the build-up to what promises to be an explosive fight. Quite simply, Pickett just encourages Barao to watch his previous wins over the likes of Ivan Menjivar, Demetrious Johnson and Kyle Dietz.
"If he watches my fights, that should be warning alone," Pickett told ESPN. "I'm competitive, I'm dangerous in all areas... I don't need to give him a warning because he knows he's fighting me and he knows what he's up against."
Having already beaten Johnson, who recently had a title crack at Dominick Cruz, Pickett could be forgiven for thinking about his route to his own title shot. The Brit, though, would rather spend time thinking about Barao.
"I like taking small achievable goals. I don't like to look too far ahead because if you look too far ahead you forget what's in front of you," Pickett stated. "Renen Barao is in front of me and I'd be stupid to look past him. He's a very dangerous opponent.
"I'd hate to say, 'Yeah I'll beat this guy easy and then I'll beat this guy...' I'd be stupid to do that. My biggest thing is Renen Barao this weekend and if I beat him, good things will happen."
Fighting for MMA's biggest promotion, in front of a home crowd, brings its own pressures for Pickett, and he admits the thought of defeat does not sit easily with him.
"It would suck obviously. I don't like losing at a game of chess, I'm a very competitive person and I don't like losing at all," said the 33-year-old.
"All I care about is performing the best I can. If I can in there and perform how I can and get beat, I got beat by the better man. I can take that on the chin, I'm humble in defeat. But if I go out there and don't perform how I know I can perform, that would hurt more."