Brad Pickett won’t be making his flyweight debut against Ian McCall at UFC Fight Night 37. The search is on to try and find a new opponent for “One Punch” on March 8 in London, England after McCall was forced to withdraw due to an unspecified injury.
It is the second straight fight that the no. 3 ranked “Uncle Creepy” has had to withdraw from. An injury also forced him to pull out of a scheduled matchup back in December against Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9 in Sacramento.
It’ll be intriguing to see who the organization can find as an injury replacement to face the aggressive Pickett. The English fighter has produced four Fight of the Night and one Knockout of the Night bonus during his six-fight UFC career. He’s 3-3 inside the Octagon and elected to make the move down from bantamweight after being submitted in his last appearance at Fight Night 26 by Michael McDonald.
Pickett has 17 finishes by either knockout or submission in his 23 career victories, and is hoping to become a major player in the 125-pound landscape.
The injury bug has prevented McCall from carrying over any momentum from a victory at UFC 163 in Brazil against Iliarde Santos. It was his first UFC win and netted him a Fight of the Night bonus. McCall is 1-2-1 inside the Octagon, having lost to both current champion Demetrious Johnson and top contender Joseph Benavidez. A victory against Pickett might have gotten him back into the title conversation, but now that’ll have to wait.
As for Pickett, with the flyweight division in need of new challenges for “Mighty Mouse”, an impressive victory or two could conceivably have him knocking on the door of a title shot. Now we anxiously wait and see who the promotion lines up for him at O2 Arena in his first flyweight test.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports