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Brad Pickett is set to make his UFC flyweight debut on Saturday.
Still ranked in the Top 10 at 135 pounds, he could make a serious run at the 125-pound championship as long as he makes a healthy cut to his new division. The Englishman is the only fighter other than Dominick Cruz to defeat flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.
Originally expected to fight Ian McCall this weekend, Pickett will now welcome Neil Seery to the Octagon.
Official UFC Flyweight Rankings
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
- John Dodson
- Joseph Benavidez
- Ian McCall
- John Moraga
- Ali Bagautinov
- Jussier Formiga (+1)
- John Lineker (-1)
- Tim Elliott
- Chris Cariaso
- Zach Makovsky
- Louis Gaudinot
- Scott Jorgensen (+1)
- Dustin Ortiz (-1)
- Darrell Montague
- Darren Uyenoyama
While Jussier Formiga only has one UFC win, he had a stronger resume than John Lineker prior to the organization's introduction of a 125-pound class.
Formiga has also made weight regularly since joining the UFC roster. Lineker, meanwhile, has missed weight for half of his UFC bouts and nearly came in overweight again for his most recent fight against Ali Bagautinov.
At some point, competing as a bantamweight in the flyweight division has to start hurting Lineker in the rankings.
Scott Jorgensen is still looking for his first win at 125 pounds. The former bantamweight lost his divisional debut against Makovsky and will look to get the wheels turning against Formiga in March.
Although Dustin Ortiz only has one UFC win, he deserves a higher ranking than Jorgensen right now. The 25-year-old arguably defeated former title challenger John Moraga in January, falling in a controversial split decision.
With Moraga sitting in the No. 4 position, Ortiz should be sitting higher than Jorgensen, who was defeated more convincingly by the No. 10 125-pounder.
Results and Upcoming Fights
TUF: China Finale Flyweight Fights
UFC Fight Night 38 Flyweight Fights
- Brad Pickett vs. Neil Seery
- No. 11 Louis Gaudinot vs. Phil Harris