Brad Pickett has decided to test the waters in the UFC flyweight division and will make his 125-pound debut in March at Fight Night 37. “One Punch” is getting a difficult initial test as he will square off against No. 3 ranked Ian McCall on March 8 at London’s O2 arena. McCall had been slated to welcome Scott Jorgensen to the 125-pound ranks at UFC on FOX 9, but had to withdraw from that event in Sacramento due to an injury.
Pickett is a tremendously exciting veteran who has gone 3-3 with the UFC securing four Fight of the Night bonuses and one Knockout of the Night. His most recent effort was a second-round submission loss to top 135-pound contender Michael McDonald at Fight Night 26. Pickett holds Octagon victories over Mike Easton, Yves Jabouin and Damacio Page. His other losses have come against interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and the hard-hitting Eddie Wineland. The English fighter has produced seven knockouts and 10 submissions amongst his 23 career victories.
As for McCall, he’s looking to get back into title contention and will no doubt be an interested observer in the upcoming title rematch between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez. McCall was part of the four-man UFC flyweight tournament which saw “Mighty Mouse” win the 125-pound belt at UFC 152. McCall has history with both men, having fought to a draw and lost by decision against Johnson, while losing a decision against Benavidez. “Uncle Creepy” recorded a much-needed win at UFC 163 in Brazil registering a unanimous decision win against Iliarde Santos in a Fight of the Night performance. It snapped a tough 0-2-1 stretch in the Octagon.
With both fighters having a tendency to be involved in exciting fights, this is a great addition to the card. If Pickett is able to knock off a top-5 fighter in his first bout at 125 pounds, he will be quickly catapulted into the title picture. McCall will look to spoil things in front of what will be a partisan Pickett crowd as he looks to move closer to his first title shot in the UFC. The March 8 event is headlined by a light-heavyweight fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.