Brad Pickett looked comfortable in his UFC flyweight debut but was certainly pushed to the limit by late injury replacement Neil Seery at Fight Night 37. Seery stepped in with a spirited effort to allow Pickett to stay on the card at O2 arena in London, England after top-5 contender Ian McCall withdrew due to an injury.
Pickett, who had previously fought his entire career as a bantamweight, has forged a reputation as an all-action fighter and that trend continued against the tough Irishman. Both competitors landed solid shots during the course of the bout in furious stand-up exchanges and in the end it was Pickett’s takedowns and ground-and-pound game that proved the difference. The judges’ scorecards read 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 all in favour of “One Punch.”
Seery, the former Cage Warriors’ flyweight champ, was known for his boxing skills and he showcased them by tagging Pickett on several occasions with hard left hooks and crisp right hands. The fighter also known as “2 Tap” saw his four-fight win streak come to an end but with the performance he produced on short-notice, he is deserving of receiving another Octagon opportunity.
Pickett is now 4-3 in his UFC career and is serious about getting a title opportunity soon in the 125-pound division. He holds one advantage over the rest of the potential contenders as he does hold a victory over current champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Pickett defeated Johnson back in their WEC days when both were competing as 135-pound fighters. While Pickett called out Johnson after the victory it wasn’t an impressive enough performance to vault him to the front of the line.
The veteran is a fun addition to the flyweight mix and there’s no denying Pickett’s career pedigree should get him a top-5 contender next. Pickett passed his first test in his new weight class but will need to be better moving forward as the class of competition gets ratcheted up.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports