Michael McDonald didn’t want to fall to an English-born fighter in the heart of where the Revolutionary War took place several years ago.
So, McDonald dominated his way to a submission victory over Brad Pickett, securing a second round triangle choke and earning his fifth UFC victory at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen Saturday night.
“I wasn’t about to let an Englishman beat me in Boston,” said McDonald, who improved to 16-2 in his career. “Boston strong.”
Earlier this year, McDonald was unsuccessful vs. interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao, falling via submission. His tapout win against Pickett was his first since 2010 and fifth of his career.
McDonald looked like he was about to finish Pickett on his feet in the first, but “One Punch” never went down for good.
“I have never hit anybody that hard, that many times and they still stand,” McDonald admitted.
The former No. 1 contender is the second-youngest fighter in the UFC at 22 years of age.