UFC bantamweight Brad Pickett hints at a possible move to flyweight

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

In an interview with BT Sport's Beyond The Octagon, UFC bantamweight contender Brad Pickett revealed that a change of weight class could be in his future plans.

Brad Pickett has provided us with consistently exciting bouts throughout his UFC career. "One Punch" has won 4 "Fight of the Night" awards in just 6 fights with the promotion, but his FOTN performance against Michael McDonald left him bloodied, beaten up, and submitted late in the 2nd round. While being interviewed on BT Sport's Beyond The Octagon, he announced that he's considering a move to the flyweight division (per host Gareth A. Davies):

This would be an interesting move for Pickett (23-8). He's 35 years old and has fought professionally for 9 years. He did not drop to bantamweight until the end of 2009, when he debuted in the WEC against Kyle Dietz. Otherwise, from 2004-2009 he was a featherweight (with a one-off at lightweight).

There are only two fighters in the UFC's top 10 (plus champion Demetrious Johnson) aged at least 30 - Chris Cariaso (32) and Darren Uyenoyama (34), and Uyenoyama is hanging by a thread at #10. It would be a huge trend buster if Pickett were to contend at 125 lbs right away given the relative youth and talent level of the division. What Pickett does have that no one else in the flyweight division can claim is a win over Mighty Mouse. Yes, at WEC 48, Pickett was able to comfortably use his size advantage and wrestling to beat Johnson by unanimous decision.

We'll see what happens over the next few months as Pickett mulls over his immediate future.

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