The last time Michael McDonald stepped inside the Octagon, he was submitted by inteirm UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao.
Saturday night, McDonald rebounded in impressive fashion, forcing Brad Pickett to tap to a triangle choke in the second round of their prelim main event fight at UFC Fight Night 26.
With the win, McDonald improves to 16-2 in his career. It marked his fifth submission victory, but first since 2010.
“I wasn’t about to let an Englishman beat me in Boston,” McDonald told the TD Garden crowd. “Boston strong.”
Early on, it looked like McDonald would score a TKO or knockout finish, but he couldn’t end Pickett’s night. Some how, “One Punch” remained in it until succumbing to the choke in the second.
“I have never hit anybody that hard, that many times,” McDonald said, “and they still stand.”