UFC Fight Night 26 was a huge night for Michael McDonald, as not only did he tap-out bantamweight contender Brad Pickett and earn “Submission of the Night”, but the memorable bout was also awarded “Fight of the Night” too. It was handed FOTN honors, however, not necessarily because it was a super close fight, but because Pickett continued to attack the rising star despite being hit with some ridiculously hard punches.
Heading into the card, McDonald said the rugged Pickett relies on his legendary chin too much, and that he would likely be able to finish the vet. Now that he’s faced Pickett, however, and has tagged it with some of his best shots, McDonald is amazed. Speaking at the card’s post fight presser, McDonald stated (comment via MMA Junkie.com):
“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 continues to sit in the #3 ranking as a result of the win, which got him back on the winning track after losing by submission to interim champ Renan Barao. How about a fight between McDonald and fellow UFC FN 26 winner Urijah Faber next?