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McDonald: Pickett Shouldn’t “Rely on his Chin”

Michael McDonald

There’s no shortage of great bouts scheduled for UFC Fight Night 26 tonight, and one of the preliminary card gems will see Michael McDonald take on Brad Pickett. Considering it’s a fight that features two, top five ranked bantamweights, McDonald’s #3 and Pickett’s #5, the tilt would be a lock for nearly any other main card.

McDonald is looking to rebound from the submission loss he suffered versus interim champ Renan Barao in February, which ended the rising star’s eight fight win streak, and was his first loss in the UFC. Although McDonald is the consensus favourite heading into tonight’s bout, there’s no doubt Pickett is a top tier fighter. Not only is Pickett a proven finisher, but he’s also one of the bantamweight division’s toughest vets.

During a recent interview on the Sherdog Radio Network, here’s what McDonald had to say about Pickett and his near legendary chin.

“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.”

It’s going to be fascinating to see if McDonald, who knocked out Miguel Torres and Alex Soto prior to fighting Barao, can stop Pickett. The British vet has only been stopped once with strikes during his 30 fight career.

Stay tuned to MMA for all your UFC Fight Night 26 news and coverage.

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