Jamie Pickett revealed why he tapped out at the very last second of round one on Saturday night.
After a unanimous decision victory over Joseph Holmes on Jan. 15, Pickett stepped in on short notice to face Kyle Daukaus in a 195 pound catchweight bout at UFC Vegas 48. Daukaus scored the finish via d’arce choke and 4:59 of the first round.
Historically fighters caught in a submission with only seconds left will try to hold on, either making it to the end of the round or passing out before the bell. With one second left on the clock, many fight fans were confused as to why Pickett opted to tap out rather than holding on for one more second and moving onto the second round.
Pickett took to social media to explain the late tap out and revealed the reason behind it was to prevent a potentially horrific injury.
“Hey guys, no excuse from me. I did my best for the time I had and didn’t go my way,”Pickett wrote on Facebook. “Tongue got caught between my teeth. Felt like I was gonna cut it off so I tapped. I’ll be back but this time with a full training camp.”
The loss to Daukaus snaps a two-fight winning streak for Pickett, but fight fans can agree that Pickett’s reason for tapping is justifiable.
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