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Brad Pickett looked physically strong and in good cardiovascular condition for his flyweight debut, but he struggled with a late change of opponent. He was routinely beaten to the punch on the feet and had to rely on his capable wrestling to snatch a win that many thought was a foregone conclusion.
The tools are there for Pickett at 125 pounds, as he's still a decent fighter who showed none of the usual pitfalls of a man dropping down in weight in his first try. At 35 years old, age isn't his friend, though, and he's put major miles on his body thanks to his explosive style.
Pickett's time is now, and he can't afford to be surprised by the unknown anymore if he's trying to fast-track his way to contention.