If you’re not convinced that tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 26 is ridiculously stacked consider this: the Michael McDonald-Brad Pickett bout, which features the promotion’s #3 and #5 ranked bantamweights respectively, is on the preliminary card…Not only is it a big fight in terms of the title shot mix, but it also features two aggressive and entertaining fighters.
In addition to his stopping abilities, Pickett has forged a reputation over the years for being tremendously hard to put away, evidenced by the fact he’s only been stopped via strikes once in thirty fights. Recently, McDonald spoke to the Sherdog Radio Network about his upcoming fight, and here’s what the 22 year-old had to say about Pickett’s defence.
“I think he relies on his chin a little bit more than he does his head movement,” McDonald said. “I don’t think that’s a good thing. I’ve seen him get popped a few times by quite a few people and them not be able to put him down, and you can do that with most people in the bantamweight division because they’re not knockout artists, but I don’t think he’s going to be able to do that with me. I think he has to keep his head moving and not rely on his chin. I think he needs to rely on his evasion more than his chin because I have the power to touch him and put him away.”
Now, if you haven’t caught much of “Mayday’s” career to date, you may be unaware that his record is replete with stoppage wins. Case in point, before losing by submission to interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao in February, McDonald knocked out Alex Soto and Miguel Torres in back-to-back fights.
Pickett, if you’re wondering, is coming off a split decision win over Mike Easton in April, after losing by SD to contender Eddie Wineland in December.
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