In a week in which flyweights made headlines throughout, Ian McCall stated his case.
The Orange County, Calif. native asserted himself on the list of contenders for Demetrious Johnson's title with his best performance in the Octagon. McCall (13-4-1) got the best of veteran Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 46, earning a unanimous decision win.
The bout was pretty simple: Pickett (24-11) seemed to take his "One Punch" nickname a little too seriously, throwing heavy shots and missing them. McCall effortlessly parried most of those shots, vastly outstruck Pickett, and never let him get into his game. Not that there was much doubt, but just in case, McCall punctuated the third round with a takedown and a big flurry on the ground.
The judges' scores were 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
Earlier in the week, the UFC announced that Johnson would defend his title against Chris Cariaso. McCall made it clear he wants DJ, but also said he's ready to fight anyone.
"Demetrious, I'm gonna come get you, remember last time, I laid you out on the mat," said McCall, who is 0-1-1 in a pair of fights with the current champ. "Whoever comes first, Demetrious has a fight, I'll fight anyone."