Vinc Pichel had new coaches in his corner at UFC Vegas 34 but when the going got tough in his fight against Austin Hubbard, he was more than ready to bite down on his mouthpiece and just gut out the win.
That’s exactly what happened as Pichel was landing his strikes with more accuracy and impact over three rounds to win a unanimous decision in the fight with Hubbard on the main card from Las Vegas. When it was over, all three judges scored the fight 30-27 with Pichel picking up his third straight victory in a row.
“I’m still a dog so I come out here and fight like that,” Pichel said about his performance. “We add little things but I’m still me.”
The lightweights appeared more than ready to trade strikes on the feet for the majority of the fight with Hubbard targeting the legs for a series of brutal kicks that slowed Pichel down during the early exchanges. Hubbard continued moving forward and attacking with combinations with Pichel trying to find his footing while also attempting to figure out his opponent’s rhythm.
Pichel was able to start dishing out some punishment of his own at the end of the first round and he then carried that momentum into round two. With shots to the head and body, Pichel was mixing up his strikes with a variety of punches and kicks including a sweep that actually took Hubbard off his feet.
At one point late in the round, Pichel unleashed a hard punch that put Hubbard on wobbly legs momentarily as the former Ultimate Fighter competitor enjoyed a surge of confidence as he was throwing a flurry of strikes.
The output from Pichel continued into the final five minutes as he just continued going after Hubbard with everything in his arsenal as he attempted to get the finish. Hubbard wasn’t going away so easily while scrambling out of bad positions and firing back whenever he was given room to work.
As time ticked away to the final horn, Pichel and Hubbard seemingly threw caution to the wind as they both started winging huge, heavy shots at each other. Much like the majority of the second and third rounds, Pichel was landing on target with more regularity, which helped him secure the win on the scorecards.
Following the fight, Pichel said he hoped to book his next fight as soon as possible and he hasn’t forgotten about his wish to eventually run it back with Gregor Gillespie after falling to the former NCAA champion wrestler by submission in 2018.