Injury forces Ian McCall out of UFC Fight Night 37 bout with Brad Pickett

ian_mccallAn injury has forced No. 3 ranked UFC flyweight Ian McCall out of his UFC Fight Night 37 bout against Brad Pickett. The UFC is currently in search of a replacement for “Uncle Creepy” to face Pickett on the March 8 card in London.

UFC President Dana White announced the news of McCall’s injury during an interview with media members on Thursday, according to a Fox Sports report.

Pickett (23-8) has won six fight night bonuses during his 10 fights under the Zuffa banner. Currently ranked No. 6 among UFC bantamweights, March 8 will mark the 35-year-old Brit’s flyweight (125-pound) debut.

Pickett is 3-3 inside the UFC Octagon, most recently dropping a second round submission loss to Michael McDonald this past August in Boston. Prior to that he had won a split decision over Mike Easton in Sweden. Pickett earned a “Fight of the Night” bonus in both bouts.

Although ranked No. 3 among UFC flyweights, McCall (12-4-1) has only won one of his four fights inside the Octagon. After fighting to a draw against Demetrious Johnson in his UFC debut, McCall dropped decisions to “Mighty Mouse” (immediate rematch) and Joseph Benavidez, before scoring a decision over Iliarde Santos.

UFC Fight Night 37 is headlined with a light heavyweight match-up between Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa and will air exclusively in the U.S. on UFC Fight Pass.

Stay close to as a replacement for McCall should be announced shortly.

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