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Michael McDonald: Pickett made me question my KO power

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There were times while Michael McDonald was punching the living bejesus out of Brad Pickett that he wondered if his knockout power had mysteriously disappeared.

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Post #1   8/18/13 5:04:38PM   

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Pickets chin rivals the hulks! He was hit with some huge bombs an just wouldn't go away!

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An absolute beating. I think that Teixeira / Maldonado is more severe, but Pickett ate a mouthful from the hardest puncher in the division and just kept coming.

Also, another parallel to Teixeira / Maldonado - each guy has an awesome attitude. McDonald is one of the most likeable kids in the UFC - grounded, confident, sincere, and analytical. Barao might be his bane, but I'm not counting him out if he can make the adjustments he's pointed out.

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Pickett can take a shot
McDonald punches were harder than wineland

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Barao might be his bane, but I'm not counting him out if he can make the adjustments he's pointed out.


I think in 2 years, McDonald will beat Barao

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Totally possible. One of McDonald's main issues was relying too much on his hands against a long kickboxer. He's got decent kicks, but I don't know if they'll ever be better than his hands. What he may be able to do is make them potent enough to be worth throwing and defending more often, so that Barao's less certain of where the strikes are coming from. I think all McDonald needs to do is touch Barao's chin a few times, and that can be set up more easily with greater striking variety.

Another is adapting to Barao's punching style. It's effective, but unorthodox, so it can be hard to see them coming. McDonald's got a solid chin, but his crisp counter-punching was nullified in the 1st fight because he couldn't deflect or dodge Barao's punches coming from odd angles. If he can hang in the pocket, mitigate or avoid most of the damage, and utilize his excellent counter-punching, he's just a flurry away from a TKO victory.

The third's the ground game. The triangle choke on Pickett was super sweet, just took full advantage of a narrow window and rolled with it well when Pickett attempted to defend. That said, Barao is a monster grappler himself, and if he gets on top, I'm not as confident of McDonald's chances. Perhaps 2 years will change that.

Either way, there are only a few fighters I see able to hang with McDonald at 135, and I'd still call him the favorite against most. Really excited to see what this kid does.

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This article got the names wrong. Anyone weighing under 150 lbs will struggle with KO power. However, when Ubereem hits you with a knee you die. How in God's name did Browne take that beating?!?!?!?!

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This article got the names wrong. Anyone weighing under 150 lbs will struggle with KO power. However, when Ubereem hits you with a knee you die. How in God's name did Browne take that beating?!?!?!?!



That was really impressive.

I will say though, it kinda seemed like Overeem was going through the motions on the finish and follow up strikes. He assumes that when he hits someone they will quit. He also seemed like he expected a stoppage.

Credit goes to Browne for refusing to give up and to Mario for being an outstanding referee.

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That was really impressive.

I will say though, it kinda seemed like Overeem was going through the motions on the finish and follow up strikes. He assumes that when he hits someone they will quit. He also seemed like he expected a stoppage.

Credit goes to Browne for refusing to give up and to Mario for being an outstanding referee.



Yep. More specifically, Overeem's series of punches once Browne went down were quick and powerful, but they were poorly aimed. He used a whole lot of energy for strikes that were almost entirely blocked. If he had taken the time to aim properly and connect with the chin, it would've been a much better night for him.

For examples of what I'm describing, check what Aldo did against Gamburyan, or Weidman against Munoz. Landed a solid, stunning shot, then followed up with massive punches under / around the arm and straight to the chin. That's how to put 'em away.

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I got McDonald over Faber or Cruz. He'll get the superfigh with Barao again soon enough.

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McDonald is clearly one for the future.

Barao is awesome, no doubt he is skilled.
Call me crazy, despite all the injuries Cruz has had and all the rehabs he has gone through, i believe he will come back early next year and derail Barao.

Post #11   8/19/13 5:14:49PM