Brad Pickett is hoping to become a major player in the flyweight division and he gets a chance to make a favourable first impression this weekend against Neil Seery at UFC Fight Night 37 in London, England. “One Punch” had initially been slated to face top-five contender Ian McCall at the O2 arena in his initial test at 125 pounds but “Uncle Creepy” was forced to withdraw due to injury. The UFC signed the Cage Warriors champion Seery to take his place.
Pickett had previously fought his entire career as a bantamweight but opted to make the move down in weight after suffering a loss to Michael McDonald at Fight Night 26. Pickett has carved out a reputation during his career as being an extremely fan-friendly fighter and is one of UFC President Dana White’s favourite competitors to watch.
There’s a good reason for that as while Pickett has a rather ordinary 3-3 record inside the Octagon he has been involved in 4 Fight of the Nights and also netted a Knockout of the Night bonus. He holds UFC wins over Damacio Page, Yves Jabouin and Mike Easton and has 17 finishes to his credit in 23 career victories.
As for Seery, the reigning Cage Warriors flyweight champion has gone an impressive 6-1 in his last seven fights and is currently riding a four-fight win streak. It has been quite the resurgence after a mediocre 7-8 start to his career. He’s a fighter who relies on his striking and no doubt gets a major step up in competition in his Octagon debut against Pickett. The Irish fighter has eleven finishes in his 13 career victories. One area of concern is that Seery has been submitted 5 times in his career. Pickett has 10 submission victories on his resume and will enjoy a grappling advantage over “2 Tap.”
With the organization seeking new contenders to face dominant champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, Pickett can work himself into title contention with a couple of impressive victories. Pickett owns a career victory over Johnson when the pair fought at bantamweight back in their WEC days.
Pickett gets his first chance to shine this weekend and a solid showing would likely earn him a high-profile opponent in his next bout. Seery enters the contest as a huge underdog but hopes to make the most of the biggest opportunity of his career.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports