(Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)UFC 189: Is the UFC Pushing Brad Pickett Out? Michael Davis July 7, 2015 News, Spotlight UFC 189 is almost here. It’s been a long and eventful build up, and it is finally fight week. More often than not events are marred and altered by injuries, and this event is no different. As we all know Conor McGregor is fighting Chad Mendes for the interim belt, and there has been a lot drama surrounding the originally slotted title fight with Jose Aldo. While the focus remains on the main event, and some attention trickles into the co-main there is little focus anything else. UFC 189 looks like a legitimate welcoming party for some fighters, and potentially an involuntary going away party for others. One fighter that seems to be in the danger of getting axed if he loses on Saturday night is Brad Pickett. Pickett has provided MMA fans with a tremendous amount of exciting fights over the course of his career, and it has earned him a significant amount of name recognition along the way. He began his career fighting for Cage Rage and other organizations, and made his way to the WEC and eventually the UFC. Over the course of his professional career he has developed a record of twenty four wins and ten victories. Out of those fights, he has gone the distance twelve times, but considering the weight classes he has fought in, that’s a pretty good closing ratio. Unfortunately, father time appears to have caught up with Pickett before he could fight for a belt. He recently made a move down from bantemweight to flyweight and it hasn’t really panned out for him. That move signified his need for a change to make one final run at the belt. Since dropping down to flyweight last year, he has defeated Neil Seery, and then lost two straight to Ian McCall and Chico Camus. At UFC 189, Pickett is scheduled to fight Thomas Almeida. While Almeida is one of the top prospects in the UFC, most fans don’t have a clue who he is. He was signed in 2014 out of Legacy FC. He fought in some other smaller organizations, but his pre-UFC resume is primarily comprised of fights that took place under the aforementioned banner. He was signed as an undefeated, developmental league champion, and now two fights into his UFC career he is still undefeated and has a total of 18 pro fights. In his last fight, he absolutely destroyed Yves Jaboin with a first round knock out. It appears that this fight has been organized as a passing of the torch ceremony. Almeida needs a bigger name to catapult him higher into the rankings, and Pickett is on the back stretch. There aren’t to many fights where the matchmaker’s agenda is this clear. When thinking about the potential outcomes, who do you think the UFC wants to win this fight? A young, international fighter with fourteen knock out victories under his belt, or a journey man that hasn’t been able to put together more than two straight wins?