It looks as though Brad Pickett has decided to abandon his run at flyweight, as the fan favourite and rugged vet has relayed he plans to return to the UFC’s bantamweight division.
Pickett moved to 125 following a submission loss to bantamweight contender Michael McDonald last year, and started things off in winning fashion, by decisioning Neil Seery. Since the victory, however, the British fighter has been defeated by Ian McCall and Chico Camus.
While speaking to the British publication “The Telegraph” recently, Pickett outlined why he’s decided to move back to 135.
“I’m going to go back up a weight class [back to bantamweight],” Pickett said. “The weight cut was tough for me to make but also the match-ups in that weight class are just not that interesting to me. It’s not fun chasing a guy for 15 minutes in the hope he’ll fight you.
Wow. How about that? Was that a not so subtle jab at the likes of McCall and Camus? Who used their footwork and agility to outscore Pickett?
And does Pickett have anyone in mind? In terms of who he’d like to fight next at 135?
“I’m too old for that now. I want to be involved in good fights. A fight I’d like to have at bantamweight is someone like Mizugaki. He’s an old veteran, I’m an old veteran and we’d both slug it out and put on a great fight for the fans. That’s what it’s all about for me now.”
Yes, chances are Pickett wouldn’t have to worry about Mizugaki avoiding the pocket if they were to scrap. Not only is the latter a ridiculously tough and entertaining fighter, but he’s also currently ranked #6 in the UFC’s bantamweight division, so defeating the Japanese vet would be a good way to jump up the 135 ranks.
Pickett went on to argue in the interview that he believes he defeated Camus last month, who was awarded the split decision victory. The ATT fighter also believes more 10-8 rounds should be scored in MMA, since winning a “razor close” round, is almost always weighted the same currently as a one sided one.
It’s hard to argue with that.
Pickett currently holds a record of 24-10 and he has gone 2-3 in his last 5 bouts.