The March 8 UFC Fight Night event in London has lost its key flyweight pairing after Ian McCall withdrew due to an unspecified injury.
UFC president Dana White announced the scratch during an interview with media in his Las Vegas office on Thursday afternoon.
The promotion is on the hunt for a replacement to face Pickett (23-8), who is preparing to make his debut at 125 pounds after a long bantamweight run in the WEC and UFC.
The British fighter previously split six fights in the UFC, but before switching weight classes, had lost two of his last three, dropping a split decision to Eddie Wineland and getting choked out by Michael McDonald last August. The 35-year-old is often mentioned among White’s favorites for his hard-charging, aggressive style. During that six-fight run, he’s captured four Fight of the Night awards along with a KO of the Night.
The 29-year-old McCall finally captured his first UFC win in his fourth start last August, when he outpointed Iliarde Santos in a unanimous decision. McCall is currently sitting at No. 3 in the flyweight rankings.
The match was to be part of a show to be held at the 02 Arena and headlined by a light-heavyweight matchup pitting No. 1 Alexander Gustafsson against undefeated No. 11 Jimi Manuwa. A win is likely to get Gustafsson another crack at the UFC title.