Vinc Pichel
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Training again after hip surgery
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.
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.
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Added to Moscow card
September 13, 2019
Pichel will square off against Alexander Yakovlev at UFC on ESPN+ 21 on Nov. 9, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
Pichel is coming off an upset victory over Roosevelt Roberts via unanimous decision at UFC on ESPN 3 back in June. He's been rock solid as a UFC fighter and been in great form as of late, winning three of his last four bouts dating back to 2017. He'll certainly have the crowd against him in Moscow, however, with Yakovlev being a native of Russia.
Comes through as underdog
June 29, 2019
Pichel defeated Roosevelt Roberts via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Minneapolis.
Pichel is ridiculously tough and he's not going to beat himself, so if you want to emerge victorious against him, you have to show up ready to work for 15 minutes. Roberts wasn't able to do that. Pichel settled in nicely after a slow start to the bout and by the time Round 3 rolled around, he had Roberts plastered to the mat en route to the decision win. Pichel's great attributes are his grit and determination and that isn't generally a recipe for long-term success, but the 36-year-old is now 5-1 in his past five bouts and he came through Saturday as a substantial (+205) underdog. There's a better-than-even chance this is Pichel's ceiling, but he has already surpassed even the most optimistic expectations for his UFC run.
Slated to rumble at UFC Minneapolis
May 14, 2019
Pichel will fight Roosevelt Roberts in a lightweight matchup at UFC Minneapolis on June 29, reports.
Pichel lost his second career fight in the UFC last time out, falling to Gregor Gillespie via an arm-triangle choke submission at UFC Fight Night 131 last June. After a disappointing effort in which he was taken down seven times and only landed seven significant strikes, he's had to wait some time to find another adversary in the cage. Over a year removed from his last fight, Pichel will get his next chance against a prospect in Roberts who has won each of his first 10 bouts as a professional, but has just two total fights under the UFC banner. Look for Roberts to attempt to exploit Pichel's woeful 20 percent takedown defense, though it's worth noting that number would appear much better if it weren't for his last fight. At least he's a capable offensive wrestler, as he recorded a pair of fights with eight successful takedowns back in 2014.
Can't handle pressure of Gregor Gillespie Friday
June 1, 2018
Pichel lost to Gregor Gillespie via submission (arm triangle) at 4:06 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Utica, New York.
Pichel's performance was terrible, but Gillespie is going to beat plenty of high-end fighters in the coming years. It's difficult to win when you allow your opponent to connect on 7-of-8 takedown attempts and that's what Pichel was up against on Friday. It's tough to generate offense when you spend the entire fight on your back. Pichel's 11-2 career record is terrific, but he's never beaten anyone of note and on Friday we saw what happens when he gets into the octagon with a quality opponent.
Riding 4-fight win streak after Saturday's victory
January 27, 2018
Pichel defeated Joaquim Silva via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on FOX 27 on Saturday in Charlotte.
Pichel called out Al Iaquinta in his post-fight interview with FOX Sports' Jon Anik. That isn't going to happen, but Pichel did deserve to win on Saturday. He did enough in Rounds 1 and 2 to make up for a lackluster third frame. Pichel is technically on a 4-fight winning streak, but the 35-year-old has stepped into the octagon just four times in the last four-plus years. A power-puncher that doesn't do anything else all that well, there is little reason to be excited about Pichel's future despite the recent success.