Matchmakers for the UFC have revisited an important flyweight matchup between Ian McCall and Brad Pickett. The contest is now set for the Fight Night event on July 19 in Dublin, Ireland and could potentially determine a future title challenger in the 125-pound division that is currently ruled by Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.
“Uncle Creepy” was originally targeted to face Pickett at Fight Night 37 in London, England, but was forced out of that bout because of an injury. It was the second-straight fight where McCall was forced to withdraw. He was also sidelined from a matchup at UFC on FOX 9 against Scott Jorgensen due to injury. McCall last fought at UFC 163 earning a unanimous decision victory over Iliarde Santos in a Fight of the Night effort in Brazil. It marked his first Octagon victory in four tries.
McCall has consistently been a top-five competitor since joining the promotion, but it’s now time for him to string wins together. He’s already fought Johnson twice earning a draw and losing by decision, and also dropped a decision against two-time title challenger Joseph Benavidez. McCall has a 12-4-1 career record and owns notable victories over Jussier Formiga and Dustin Ortiz.
Pickett turned in a solid effort at O2 Arena in his first assignment as a 125-pound competitor by defeating Neil Seery in an entertaining back-and-forth affair. “One Punch” utilized effective takedowns to stifle Seery after the tough Irish fighter enjoyed some success in the striking exchanges. After the win, UFC President Dana White stated that the veteran was close to a title opportunity. The No. 11 ranked Pickett may get it if he knocks off the No. 3 ranked McCall.
Pickett owns a career victory over Johnson when they were fighting as bantamweights in the WEC. He’s shooting for a title shot in his new division after spending the bulk of his career as a 135-pounder.
This matchup is one that had to happen. The two fighters exchanged barbs via Twitter after McCall was forced to withdraw from their initial fight, and it’s clear that both men are more than ready for a battle. It’s a contest that will have meaningful ramifications for the flyweight landscape.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.