Pickett will end his professional MMA career in his hometown of London on March 18 at the O2 Arena where he will face Mexico’s Henry Briones.
And while the 38-year-old won’t find himself in the octagon any more, he will not easily leave UFC behind.
“MMA will still be a huge part of my life,” Pickett told Express Sport.
Brad Pickett will fight in UFC for one last time in London
“I still need to put food on the table for my family.
“I’d love to do that within MMA.
“I’m going to open my own gym and coach.
Brad Pickett is one of the UK's most popular fighters and one of UFC's biggest characters
“Teaching other people would be my natural path, working with younger athletes.
“But if something else happens, something else happens.
“I can’t seem me staying away from MMA.
Brad Pickett will face Henry Briones at UFC Fight Night 107 in London
“Even if it was punditry work, I’d love to do that.”
Pickett is one of the UK’s most popular figures due to his powerful strike and unusual methods.
And he is likely to have plenty of fans in the crowd in London for his final professional fight, as well as countless friends and family watching him fight for the last time.
But he admits he will have to keep his feelings under control at least until after the fight is over.
“I was always a big ticket-seller anyway when I used to fight on the local scene,” Pickett added.
“Now it’s a much bigger stage.
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“It’ll be a really emotional night and I’m a really emotional guy, I always have been.
“I’m just hoping I can keep it all together before the fight.”