Michael McDonald Says Brad Pickett Made Him Wonder if He Lost His Knockout Power
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.18.2013
By surviving a first-round onslaught...
Michael McDonald spoke last night following his won over Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 26. Check out the highlights:
On Pickett fighting through his punches in the first round: "I was really confused whether he had the toughest chin I had ever touched or whether I lost all my knockout power between camps. 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."
On changes in his training and diet: "I just feel a lot happier, not just in my body, but I feel a lot happy here (my heart) and here (my mind)."
On a potential title shot: "Honestly I think that (title shot) will come in time. I'm 22 years old. It's not a matter, to me, of if I will; it's just a matter of when, and I don't care when. I'm going to pay for my life with this job. I'm going to pay for my house, my kids' college fund, and I'm going to help some people in the process. Yeah, I think the title will happen in time, but that's not my focus. I'm just focusing on becoming a better fighter every time."