Brad Pickett wasn't supposed to face Neil Seery last week in London. The former bantamweight contender turned flyweight was scheduled to fight Ian McCall before McCall bowed out with an injury. Now with a win under his belt in his new weight class, Pickett has some (as he put it ) "unfinished business", and he went to Twitter to ask McCall if he's ready to fight soon:
@One_Punch ya I should be good by then. I'm fragile lately so don't wanna make any promises haha— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) March 12, 2014
McCall (12-4-1) has pulled out of consecutive bouts due to injury, as prior to withdrawing from the Pickett bout he had broken his hand before a planned December showdown with Scott Jorgensen. He picked up his first UFC win with a FOTN decision over Iliarde Santos at UFC 163.
I was a fan of the original booking for the London show and would be all for giving it another try. It'd be really hard to justify the title shot Pickett had asked for after his close shave against a huge underdog in Seery. Yes he beat Demetrious Johnson 4 years ago, but we've seen the improvements Johnson has made as a fighter and I don't think this version of Mighty Mouse gives Pickett a sliver of hope to win. It gauges the status of Pickett as a potential top 10 flyweight and provides McCall an opportunity to pick up another win and build up a case for a potential 3rd fight with Johnson.