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Scorecard reveals Brad Pickett would have beaten Vera had he lasted one more minute

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Brad Pickett would have walked away victorious in his retirement fight had he lasted just over a minute more against Marlon Vera. That is unless Vera scored an unlikely 10-8 round in the final frame, which would have still only resulted in a draw.

Brad Pickett was officially just over a minute away from a win at UFC Fight Night 107 on Saturday at The O2 Arena in London, England — or at the very least, a draw.

Barring a 10-8 round for his opponent, Marlon Vera (which wasn’t likely, going by how the third round was playing out), Pickett would have won a decision in the final fight of his veteran career and walked away on a high note, the bout’s official scorecard revealed. Going into the third round, two judges had “One Punch” up 20-18, while the third judge had it even at 19-19.

If the fight went the distance and Pickett won the third round, he would have won a unanimous decision. If the fight went the distance and Vera won the third round, Pickett would have edged out a split decision victory. And even if Vera scored a 10-8 on multiple judges’ scorecards, the bout still would have had resulted in only a majority or split draw — which is still better than a loss.

What happened at the 1:10 mark of the third and final round reiterated something that many fans often say: anything can happen in mixed martial arts. With only a little more than a minute remaining, a Vera win seemed unlikely. Vera had one way to win, and one way only — he had to finish Pickett. And he did.

He landed a devastating head kick and forced the referee to intervene, silencing Pickett’s hometown crowd.

Not everything has a happy ending, and the mixed martial arts gods certainly didn’t want Pickett’s career to have a story-book ending.

At least the bantamweight pioneer can say he was just over a minute away from riding off into the sunset victorious. That doesn’t sound too bad.

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