UFC Dublin Preview – Ian McCall vs. Brad Pickett

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With just days to go until UFC Dublin we here at SevereMMA want to get you more familiar with some of the fighters on show with a series of profiles on each bout. From first prelim to the main event this card is full of quality mixed matrial artists with interesing careers. Next up is the flyweight contender bout between Ian McCall and Brad Pickett.

Brad Pickett

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Nickname: One Punch
Twitter: @One_Punch
Record: 22 wins, 8 losses.
Age: 35
Height: 5’6”
Notable wins: Demetrious Johnson (April 2010), Neil Seery (March 2014)
Notable losses: Renan Barao (November 2011), Michael McDonald (August 2013)
Facts and Stats: Has only fought once at 125 pounds, won 17 fights inside the distance (7 knockouts and 10 submissions), the only current flyweight with a win over champion Demetrious Johnson.
Strengths: Power punching, underrated jiu-jitsu, improving offensive wrestling, chin.
Weaknesses: Mostly boxing based offense, defense on the feet, speed.
Keys to victory: Land big punches but don’t get into a shoot-out, stop the takedown and take McCall down.


Ian McCall

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Nickname: Uncle Creepy
Twitter: @UncleCreepyMMA
Record: 12 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw.
Age: 30
Height: 5’5”
Notable wins: Dustin Ortiz (May 2011), Iliarde Santos (August 2013)
Notable losses: Dominick Cruz (November 2009), Demetrious Johnson (June 2012)
Facts and Stats: Former Tachi Palace Fights flyweight champion, has never been finished at flyweight, has gone to a decision in all 4 UFC fights.
Strengths: Wrestling, striking technique, speed.
Weaknesses: Power, brittle hands, finishing fights.
Keys to victory: Avoid the power punches, use speed on the feet, get takedowns.

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