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Brad Pickett headed back to bantamweight because it's not fun chasing flyweights for 15 minutes

And "One Punch" eyes Takeya Mizugaki in his first fight back at his old stomping grounds.

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Brad Pickett's hopes of finding success in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight division didn't exactly pan out, dropping two straight to Ian McCall and Chico Camus in the span of five months.

So, "One Punch" is ready to pack on the pounds and head back to the bantamweight division, saying that aside from avoiding another tough weight cut, he isn't interested in chasing around a bunch of 125-pounders inside the Octagon for 15 minutes.

His words to The Telegraph:

"I'm going to go back up a weight class (bantamweight). The weight cut was tough for me to make but also the match-ups in that weight class are just not that interesting to me. It's not fun chasing a guy for 15 minutes in the hope he'll fight you. I'm too old for that now. I want to be involved in good fights. A fight I'd like to have at bantamweight is someone like Mizugaki. He's an old veteran, I'm an old veteran and we'd both slug it out and put on a great fight for the fans. That's what it's all about for me now."

They're speedy, those flyweights.

Pickett's debut at 125 pounds was a successful one, defeating Neil Seery at UFC Fight Night 37 via unanimous decision back in March. Chico and Ian, though, proved to be stiffer competition.

That, or they're faster and tougher to get a hold of, per Pickett's evaluation of the 125-pound weight class.

As for a fight against Mizugaki, that's right up the Brit's alley, as Takeya has shown he isn't opposed to staying in the pocket and engaging in all-out brawls. The Japanese-born fighter recently saw his five-fight win streak go out the window after suffering a first-round beat down to Dominick Cruz in "The Dominator's" first fight back after an extended layoff.

To see that bout in its entirety, click here.

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