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Brad Pickett Calls for Fight With “Mate” John Moraga


Although Brad Pickett is coming off a decision loss to Ian McCall in July, the flyweight evidently isn’t looking for a gimme fight, as he’s called out the top five ranked John Moraga.

Pickett, who scored a UD win over Neil Seery prior to facing McCall, made the request on Twitter by posting:

hey mate if you are looking for someone to trade with you in your hometown in December im game think it would a great fight

The British fighter is referencing UFC on FOX 13, which is set to go down on December 13th in Moraga’s home state of Arizona, at the U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix.

Pickett’s call out comes not long after Moraga’s submission win over Justin Scoggins, which came via a second round, guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 50.

After the win, Moraga relayed that the rising flyweight had been “letting me get under his neck too easy. I knew if I could cinch my hips I would get it.” Moraga certainly went to that well a few times during the fight and eventually it paid off.

It’s an interesting and gutsy call out by Pickett, but if you’ve followed “One Punch’s” career, you shouldn’t be surprised. Moraga is currently ranked #5 in the UFC’s flyweight division, while Pickett is positioned at #11, so a win for the latter would be massive. Especially when you consider he’s coming off a loss while Moraga scored a win last time out.

So will it happen? It’s hard to say. From a ranking’s perspective, Moraga has a ton to lose while Pickett has everything to gain. That said, if Moraga is looking to participate in a “Fight of the Night” kind of classic, then maybe he’ll take Pickett up on the challenge.

Moraga was coming off a TKO loss to John Dodson (due to doctor stoppage) prior to facing Scoggins, and had scored a split decision win over Dustin Ortiz before that. After taking out Ulysses Gomez and Chris Cariaso, Moraga was booked for a fight with Demetrious Johnson last July, but he was submitted by the champ in round five.

Pickett, meanwhile, is 2-3 in his last 5 fights, with his other win during that stretch coming against bantamweight Mike Easton. The losses came against noted 135’ers in Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland.

The main event for UFC on FOX 13 has yet to be announced.


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