Vinc Pichel

From Hell

USA

Win streak snapped at three
LightweightUFC
April 9, 2022
Pichel lost to Mark O. Madsen via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC 273 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It's just Pichel's second defeat dating back to December 2012, although he did miss quite a bit of time during that stretch due to injury. Conventional wisdom heading into this fight had Pichel as the more talented striker, while Madsen would possess the grappling edge. That ended up being exactly the case, although Pichel was taken down just three times, once in each round. It ended up not making a difference because two of the three judges gave Madsen each of the first two frames, but there appeared to be a real chance this fight was tied going into Round 3. Unfortunately for Pichel, he spent virtually all of that round on his back, eliminating any chance he had of victory. This is a crushing defeat for Vinc despite his recent strong run. He turns 40 years of age this coming November and won't get many more kicks at the can.
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Fight moving back to April
LightweightUFC
January 19, 2022
Pichel's fight against Mark O. Madsen is expected to be pushed back to UFC 273 on April 9, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
This fight was originally booked for UFC 271 on Feb. 12. The decision to move it back two months is unclear at this point. Pichel has won his last three fights in the Octagon.
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.
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.