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Pickett’s Chin “Confused” McDonald

Kelsey Mowatt

Michael McDonald

Heading into Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 card, Michael McDonald argued that Brad Pickett relied on his renowned chin more than his head movement. Since “Mayday” has demonstrated he’s a bit of a KO artist in the past, McDonald warned that he had the “power to touch him and put him away.”

Of course, McDonald ended up being right, somewhat, in that he was able to land several pounding shots on Pickett and put him down. Where he was wrong, however, was in his contention that he’d be able to stop the rugged vet with strikes. Speaking after the card, McDonald offered this interesting assessment of the bout and Pickett’s chin at the UFC Fight Night 26 Post-Fight Press Conference:

“I was really confused whether he had the toughest chin I had ever touched or whether I lost all my knockout power between camps,” McDonald said. “More than anything, it was just realizing, ‘I don’t think I can put this guy away like I normally do. I touched him so many times. He’s fallen like three times, and he keeps getting back up. I’m going to take the pace and power down a tiny bit and keep landing shots, keep touching him.’

“It’s kind of draining when you hit someone like that and you get that huge rush of adrenaline three or four times in a fight.”

McDonald ended up winning the bout thanks to a nicely executed triangle-choke, which earned him “Submission of the Night” honors (he and Pickett also earned “Fight of the Night”, so cue the dollar sign flash for “Mayday”). So, in other words, it was still a pretty impressive outing for McDonald, who currently sits at #3 in the bantamweight division. It will be interesting to see who the promotion taps for McDonald next.

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