UFC Fight Night 26 took place August 17, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Top bantamweight contenders Michael McDonald (16-2) and Brad Pickett (23-8) collided on the night's FOX Sports 1 undercard. Catch the video highlights above.
For more on McDonald's 'Fight of the Night' win, check out the play-by-play from MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall.
Round 1: Kevin McDonald is the third man. McDonald and One Punch Pickett about to roll. They touch em up. McDonald orbits Pickett for a minute, then comes in throwing. Pickett digs in and returns fire. Now they are mixing it up. Big time exchange and McDonald lands the more severe shots. Down goes Pickett. McDonald (the ref) threatens to step in, but sees enough that he rocks back on his heels and doesn't. Good thing, as Pickett is still good to go. He was rocked again, but McDonald couldn't pounce. Wild action. Now back to the center. Nice bruise on McDonald's head. It's only dwarfed by the raspberry bunch that is forming on Pickett's. Hell of a fight, but its slowed in the middle here as both guys get their bearings. Another BIG punch from McDonald lands, and again Pickett falls back in survival mode as McDonald (the ref) poises to intervene. Once again he doesn't. And on we go. Pickett back to the center of the cage. His left eye is a mess. McDonald is a little winded, but it feels like he's just timing out his next sally. Shades of Guida/Sanchez here. Another rapid fire exchange, and again McDonald is the superior boxer in the squall. Round come to an end, and wow, what a round. MMA Fighting scores round one for McDonald, 10-8.
Round 2: Fighters are wiped off and back at it. Pickett still coming forward. He lands a good shot in a combination, and it looked like it hurt McDonald. McDonald doing a good job slipping the initial shots that Pickett throws, but Pickett is landing on the follow ups. Now it's Pickett taking McDonald down. He goes into guard and rams his forearm across the length of McDonald's face, pressing forward. With the little space he's created he's landing short punches to the body which resonate hollowly down press row. Pickett showing some authority now. Continues to hammer McDonald's side. Those punches to the body are accumulating. McDonald trying to scoot out from bottom, but Pickett maintaining well. Now McDonald latches on for triangle! Pickett rolls but now it's tight. And bang, he taps McDonald and the fight's over. Wow. McDonald once again shows off how diverse his game is. Once the breaks started going south, he still capitalized off his back. Pickett gets up in disgust.
UFC Fight Night 26 results: Michael McDonald def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle) at 3:43 of round 2.