Brad Pickett Drops to Flyweight, Faces Ian McCall on Home Soil in London

By Mike Whitman Dec 10, 2013
Brad Pickett’s next Octagon appearance will be at 125 pounds. | Ryan O’Leary/

Brad Pickett will make his flyweight debut at home, when “One Punch” faces former Tachi Palace Fights ruler Ian McCall during the UFC’s March trip to London.

UFC officials announced the pairing on Tuesday. The March 8 show is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between former title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa and will stream live on the UFC’s forthcoming digital network. London’s O2 Arena will host the event, which also features a lightweight contest pitting Ross Pearson against Melvin Guillard.

Pickett, 35, makes his 125-pound debut following an Aug. 17 submission loss to former bantamweight title challenger Michael McDonald. Prior to that setback, the Brit scored a split decision victory over Mike Easton to kick off the year at UFC on Fuel TV 9.

McCall, meanwhile, halted a two-fight skid in his most recent outing, when he outpointed game Brazilian Iliarde Santos this summer at UFC 163. Once ranked as the sport’s top flyweight, “Uncle Creepy” posted a 0-2-1 record to begin his Octagon stint, recording a draw and a loss against Demetrious Johnson before stumbling against Joseph Benavidez this past February.


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