Vinc Pichel

From Hell

USA

Matched against Mark O. Madsen
LightweightUFC
November 2, 2021
Pichell will meet Mark O. Madsen at UFC 271 on Feb. 12, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Both fighters have won three straight UFC fights. For Pichel, his streak of unanimous decision wins brought his UFC record to 7-2. Madsen's run encompasses the entirety of his UFC career.
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Win streak hits three
LightweightUFC
August 21, 2021
Pichel defeated Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 29 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Pichel's strong run continues. A bicep injury kept Pichel on the sidelines for more than three years (May 2014-July 2017), but he's been money since returning, picking up wins in five of his last six bouts. Pichel offers little in terms of the submission game, but he's plenty effective on the feet. He averages well over three takedowns per 15 minutes and is literally one of the toughest men walking planet Earth today. There would seem to be a clear ceiling here due to the fact Pichel turns 39 years of age in late-November, but he's already overcome countless obstacles and it would be foolish to underestimate him at this stage.
Taking on Hubbard in August
LightweightUFC
May 10, 2021
Pichel will take on Austin Hubbard in a lightweight bout at the UFC event on August 21, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pichel will be looking for his seventh UFC victory in his past eight starts. He was last in the Octagon in August of 2020 when he defeated Jim Miller. Hubbard fought much more recently, coming off a unanimous decision win over Dakota Bush at UFC Vegas 24 in April.
Strong effort to defeat Jim Miller
LightweightUFC
August 15, 2020
Pichel defeated Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-27) at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Full marks to Pichel here. Fighting for the first time since last June after undergoing hip surgery, Pichel could have packed in it following a poor Round 1. Instead, he gave Miller a dose of his own medicine. Pichel applied constant pressure against his exhausted opponent and was rewarded with the decision. Few would have guessed that Pichel would have had any chance at winning what was primarily a grappling battle, but he prevailed. Pichel has been a legitimately good fighter whenever healthy, but he has managed to step into the Octagon just eight times since his company debut in December 2012. Pichel is 6-2 in those eight bouts.
Set for Aug. 15 bout
LightweightUFC
August 5, 2020
Pichel will square off against Jim Miller at UFC 252 on Aug. 15, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Pichel is set for his first bout since undergoing hip surgery in December, which forced him to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Alexander Yakovlev in November. The 37-year-old slugger will retake the mat versus a fighter in Miller, who is no spring chicken either at 36. Pichel will likely be put to the test defending takedowns (22 percent defense in UFC career) versus an opponent in Miller who owns 18 of his 32 career wins via submission. Pichel will likely look to keep his opposition at bay via his one-inch reach and two-inch height advantages.
Training again after hip surgery
LightweightUFC
April 7, 2020
Pichel (12-2-0) said Tuesday in an interview with Farah Hannoun of USA Today that he's resumed training and feels good physically after undergoing hip surgery in December.
ANALYSIS
The hip procedure forced Pichel to withdraw from a matchup with Alexander Yakolev at UFC Moscow in November, with Roosevelt Roberts stepping in to replace Pichel. Now healthy again, Pichel is eager to book a fight with his fellow competitor from the 15th season of "The Ultimate Fighter," Al Iaquinta, though he acknowledges that he doesn't think Iaquinta would accept a matchup between the two. If a fight with Iaquinta never materializes, Pichel is hopeful to return to the Octagon against someone else over the summer.