Michael McDonald was left flabbergasted when he took on interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao. After a full training camp, McDonald wasn’t able to get a solid read on the champ.
“I never had someone throw punches at me that I couldn’t see due to their certain technique,” said McDonald on MMA Junkie Radio. “This was the first time, because he had awkward body movement compared to traditional punching. I couldn’t see his punches coming, and I couldn’t counter.”
The loss for McDonald came at a UFC on FUEL TV card in February.
McDonald is 15-2 and was undefeated for the UFC until he met Barao. Of his four UFC wins, the last two came via stoppage. He returns at UFC Fight Night 26 against Brad Pickett.
Pickett regrouped from his first UFC loss by defeating Mike Easton. He’s 3-1 for the promotion.
UFC Fight Night 26 is August 17 from the TD Garden in Boston, MA. They will headline the prelims on a five hour card.