Michael McDonald - MMAWEEKLYFor the most part, UFC bantamweight Brad Pickett has fought the best the division has to offer with the latest example of an in-ring effort against a top competitor coming this weekend at UFC on Fuel 9 where be scored a Split Decision win over Mike Easton. The success added to other past triumphs for Pickett against the likes of Demetrious Johnson and Ivan Menjivar, not to mention his other outing against Scott Jorgensen, Eddie Wineland, and Renan Barao.

When it comes to his next fight, fans shouldn’t expect Pickett to ask for a step down in competition as a means of putting together a likely winning streak. Rather, Pickett wants the biggest challenges possible and already has his sights set on one opponent in particular.

“I actually would like to fight someone ranked above me for once. I always get people below me. Maybe somebody like Michael McDonald would be a good fight,” said Pickett in an interview with Fuel TV during the network’s post-event coverage.

“Anyone above me, give me somebody above me,” he added in case the UFC had other plans for McDonald.

The 23-7 Pickett is 3-1 in his last four fights and owns seventeen wins via stoppage. Meanwhile, McDonald is coming off a submission loss to Barao but had won eight bouts in a row leading up to the stumble and holds an overall record of 15-2.

The full interview with Pickett can be seen below: