An American striker threw 22 unanswered punches in a brutal, fight-ending sequence that earned him a UFC contract

Photo by Chris Unger/DWCS LLC/Zuffa LLCJamie Pickett punches Jhonoven Pati in the face.
  • An American fighter called Jamie Pickett threw 22 unanswered strikes in one of the most devastating finishing sequences of the fourth season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
  • Pickett defeated Jhonoven Pati in the second round of a middleweight match at a behind-closed-doors show inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
  • He was one of four athletes to be rewarded with a UFC contract, as the “Contender Series” is a scouting platform for Dana White to funnel talent into the the world’s leading mixed martial arts firm.
  • Watch some of the highlights of Tuesday’s episode below.
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This is “Dana White’s Contender Series,” a separate MMA entity from the UFC which is designed to funnel talent into the world’s leading fight firm.

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The athlete to steal the show Tuesday was the 31-year-old fighter Jamie Pickett, a striker from North Carolina.

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It was not Pickett’s first appearance on the Contender Series as he lost decisions against Charles Byrd in 2017, and Punahele Soriano in 2019.

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But on his third appearance on the show in 2020 he was far more successful, obliterating his opponent in the second round.

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Watch Pickett’s fight-ending sequence, which included 22 unanswered strikes, below.


Pickett’s punch-perfect performance was enough to earn a UFC contract from Dana White.

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Pickett was not the only top performer at the event, as 23-year-old American flyweight Jeff Molina also won in style.

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Molina triumphed and earned a UFC contract despite claiming he broke his ankle in the first round of his match against Jacob Silva.


Elsewhere, Rafael Alves beat Alejandro Flores with a guillotine choke in the second round of a featherweight match.


Flores then jokingly presented White with a mock contract at his Octagonside desk, but earned the real thing with his win.

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Collin Huckbody was the only other athlete to win a UFC contract, submitting Kyron Bowen with an arm-triangle choke after 88 seconds.

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