Aug 16, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Brad Pickett posses during the weigh-in for his UFC fight at TD Garden tomorrow night. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Should Brad Pickett get a UFC Flyweight title shot?


Longtime UFC and WEC veteran, Brad Pickett, defeated UFC newcomer, Neil Seery, this past weekend in an exciting bout at UFC Fight Night 37. The win was the first for Pickett as Flyweight, and cemented himself as a contender in the UFC’s newest division.

A lot was on the line for Pickett coming into to Saturday’s bout. Besides for the fact that he was fighting in front a hometown crowd, Pickett was aware that if he did not win his Flyweight debut, it would be a long time before he could smell UFC gold. With his first Flyweight win behind him, the question is now whether or not he deserves a title shot.
At the end of the day, the UFC’s only other option is Ali Bagautinov. Bagautinov has looked fantastic in the UFC thus far, going 3-0 and shutting down the freight train that was John Lineker in his last outing. The issue with Bagautinov is his exposure. Although Bagautinov has been on two pay per view cards, not enough casual viewers know him to sell a title fight.
With that in mind, the UFC’s only option at Flyweight right now is Brad Pickett. He showed that he could make weight, fought an exciting bout as usual, and most importantly picked up the win. Add in the fact that Pickett already defeated UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson back at WEC 48, and the UFC has a great angle to sell the title fight at. In my opinion, Brad Pickett has to be the #1 contender at Flyweight.  
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