We have more bad injury news to report from an upcoming UFC event. Brad Pickett was all set to make his flyweight debut on March 8th in London against Ian McCall. Unfortunately, those plans have been scrapped, as Dana White confirmed in yesterday's media lunch that McCall is injured and out of the match:
Dana confirms McCall is hurt and out of March fight. No replacement.— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) February 13, 2014
McCall (12-4-1) last competed at UFC 163 against Iliarde Santos, winning both a unanimous decision and FOTN. It was his first UFC win in four fights, with a draw and a loss to Demetrious Johnson and a loss to Joseph Benavidez.
Pickett (23-8) also won FOTN in his last bout at bantamweight, but lost by triangle choke to Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston. The Brit has fought at featherweight and lightweight, so this drop to 125 lbs is his 4th different weight class.
As it stands, Phil Harris/Louis Gaudinot is the only other flyweight bout on the card, so it's highly possible the UFC breaks up that fight and slides either Harris or (more likely) Gaudinot into a short notice bout with Pickett. Otherwise it'll be a scramble to find a suitable replacement in three weeks time.
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