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Pickett claims he would 'man-beast' Miguel Torres

Ben Blackmore
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Brad Pickett talks to ESPN

British bantamweight Brad Pickett is eyeing a future title shot at bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, and he believes injury may have cost him that shot when he had to abandon a clash with Miguel Torres at UFC 130, claiming: "Stylistically he's a great fight for me."

Pickett is one of the top bantamweights in world MMA, comfortably beating Demetrious Johnson a year ago to take his record to 10 wins in 11 fights. Johnson, just 12 months on, may now be heading for a crack at champion Cruz.

Pickett, who claims he is one of the only men who could beat Cruz, had been set for a clash with former WEC champion Torres, before a back injury forced him off the card. Johnson stepped in as a result and beat Torres, which only served to enhance Pickett's own credentials.

The Brit must now wait to see if he is paired with Torres again upon return from injury, but he is convinced he would cause the American major problems if they do square off.

"He's a great fighter, he's tough, he's been champion of the WEC for a long time and he's no mug," Pickett told ESPN. "But stylistically he's a great fight for me and I'm a bad match-up for him.

"Technically he has good striking, but I have a lot more power. He's more of a boxer striker, throwing straight punches, I'm bobbing and throwing a lot of hooks with good head movement. So the stand-up would have been a great fight.

"I have much better wrestling than he does, he doesn't mind being on his back because he's got a very good ground game, but that can be bad for him because you often lose a decision that way.

"I think I would have a good chance standing and banging with him, I'd have a good chance of knocking him out, I could take him down, and I've got good submissions.

"I don't look for submissions a lot, I do more of what I call my own fighting style, which is man-beasting - I just concentrate on beating someone up. Man-beasting is minimal technique, but pure intensity and breaking some down mentally."

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