After 3 years off, UFC Fight Night 110 winner Vinc Pichel has thoughts on ring rust

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Ring rust? What ring rust?

There’s a line of thinking out there that if a fighter is off for a year, he’s at a distinct disadvantage when he finally returns. It would’ve been perfectly reasonable to figure Vinc Pichel’s return after more than three years would have him really backed into a corner.

But this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110, Pichel (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) went to New Zealand and finished Damien Brown (16-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in the first round with a knockout that might’ve been bonus-worthy had it not been for some other nice finishes after his fight.

“It feels good to be back,” Pichel told MMAjunkie Radio on Monday. “It was a long past three years for me. I went out and did what I had to do. I’m back, and it feels great.”

UFC Fight Night 110 took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

But the whole ring rust phenomenon is just that to Pichel, he said.

“Ring rust is bull(expletive),” he said. “That’s just a mental thing for people. Ring rust is self doubt, and that’s what it is to me. I don’t have any self doubt, especially with what I’ve been through and what I’ve had to train and everything.”

Pichel said if anyone thought his slow start in the fight was him experiencing any kind of ill effects from the lengthy layoff, they’d be mistaken. Instead, he was merely figuring out what Brown had to offer and waiting for his opportunity.

“In that first round, I was studying him – I wanted to see how he moved,” Pichel said. “I wanted to know how he’d react to my movements, because I knew he had no clue what to expect out of me. He basically was going out there unknowing what I was going to throw at him because it’s been three years. No one really knows what to expect out of me right now.”

Now that he’s back, Pichel said he’s got his eyes on a rematch for his next fight. A member of Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the series’ live season, Pichel won two fights in the house to advance to the semifinals against Al Iaquinta. But Iaquinta won a two-round unanimous decision, and Pichel’s hopes of taking a “TUF” crown were denied.

Iaquinta went on to lose to Michael Chiesa in the final. And lately, he’s been in a crazy war of words with the UFC. Whether he even fights for the promotion again might be up in the air.

But if he does, he’s got a more than willing foe in Pichel, it seems.

“I kind of want revenge on Al,” he said. “Al beat me on the show and kind of took my chance away to fight Chiesa and win that Harley. After the show, I told him I wanted a rematch. Al’s a good fighter, and I think that’s a good fight and the fans want to see that one. I’ll take that fight. That’d be a good fight, I think.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Simon Samano

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel and Simon Samano.

Sonnen meets Wanderlei Silva in the Bellator NYC headliner on June 24. Pichel defeated Damien Brown this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110. Samano, an assistant MMAjunkie editor, joins us in studio.

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After surviving 'steamroll ball of (expletive),' Vinc Pichel wants Al Iaquinta rematch

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – More than just a third straight win on his UFC record, Saturday represented some cathartic relief for Vinc Pichel after some rough times.

Pichel (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) put an end to a three-year layoff by flattening Damien Brown (16-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 110 lightweight scrap. Speaking to reporters after the win, Pichel got (very) candid about just how meaningful it was after a series of physical and emotional blows.

“It’s the best thing in the world right now,” Pichel said. “I’ve been through so much in the past few years. I’ve been through injuries – things that were going to put me out in retirement. I went through a tough breakup with my fiancee a month before I was supposed to get married. I was having a lot of problems, mainly with my injuries and life. I just basically had to start life over. It was really hard for me.

“Recently, I just had a girlfriend who I had to break up with because she was cheating on me with some dude from church. I mean, I have just a steamroll ball of (expletive) coming at me over the last few years, and tonight was my payoff. That was my big reward.

“Back in the day, once I was pissed off, I would go break some (expletive) or (expletive) someone up. I’d get into a fight. I can’t do that now. I’ve got to be a professional and an adult now. So this, right here, was me getting to let that out. Getting to let that tension out. It couldn’t have felt better.”

The lightweight scrap closed out the FS1-televised preliminary-card portion of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 event, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It followed UFC Fight Pass early prelims and preceded the FS1-televised main card.

For Pichel – who maintains his stance that ring rust is “bull(expletive)” – Saturday was the result of a perfectly followed gameplan. But while a first-round knockout to end such a long layoff would seem like an ideal outcome for some, the lightweight said we only got to see 30 percent of what he can do.

“I’m so much better of a fighter that people don’t realize and don’t know,” Pichel said. “And I honestly haven’t showed it. I’m at the point of my life now and my fighting career where I’m not going to be so hardheaded. I’m a little older now. I’m a little wiser as far as fighting.

“I have more experience with it. And I’m going to showcase that. And people are going to be scared of me – of what I can do, what I’m capable of.”

The 34-year-old hadn’t fought since UFC 173, back in May 2014, when he scored a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Njokuani. Before that, “The Ultimate Fighter 15” alum had recovered from a UFC-debut loss to Rustam Khabilov with a decision victory over Garett Whiteley.

If his more immediate plan – meeting a nice local lady to get hitched and become a New Zealand resident, of course – doesn’t pan out, Pichel will take “rockstar” week back home to reconnect with the people he had to neglect during camp. After that, however, it’s not only back to the gym, but to his full-time job as an electrician and also school, which he attends twice a week.

Despite his busy routine, Pichel wants to make up for lost time and make a quick turnaround. And he’s already got a target in mind.

“If Al Iaquinta is still in the UFC and doesn’t get cut from the bull(expletive) that he’s been pulling latel, I’m down to fight Al if he’s down,” Pichel, who lost to Iaquinta in the semifinals of their “TUF” season, said. “That’d be a good fight. There’s a New York card coming up in July (UFC on FOX 25, which takes place July 22 in Long Island), so I’ll fight him in his backyard.”

To hear Pichel’s full chat with reporters, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 110 results: Vinc Pichel returns with big-time knockout in first fight since 2014

With Damien Brown coming in hot, Vinc Pichel spent most of his time trying not to get clipped by one of the heavy shots coming his way.

Pichel (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) picked his shots and got out of the way, and when Brown (16-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) came in a little too recklessly, he capitalized with a combination that brought a sudden end to the fight in the opening round.

The lightweight bout closed today’s UFC Fight Night 110 prelims, which took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The fight was over at the 3:37 mark when referee Mark Craig intervened to keep Brown from suffering any more damage after Pichel caught him with a short right and left hook.

The combination was even more remarkable for the fact that Pichel landed his punches while moving backward, which he had been forced to do often as Brown charged. In early exchanges, Brown appeared to have the edge in power, and he caught Pichel with a few big shots. None of them, however, were enough to end the fight.

A lead uppercut was the first big score for Pichel, which may have explained Brown’s sudden charge forward. The comeback wound up being his undoing.

Pichel hadn’t fought for nearly three years when he secured the knockout win over Brown. Now the owner of a three-fight win streak, he gets back to work in style while Brown goes back to the drawing board after a pair of wins.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 110's Vinc Pichel's thoughts on 3-year layoff? '(Expletive) rust'

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Set to end a three-year octagon layoff in New Zealand this weekend, UFC lightweight Vinc Pichel wants to start making up for lost time.

Pichel, who hasn’t fought since a UFC 173 win back in May of 2014, is set to meet Damien Brown (17-9 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 110, Pichel. Now recovered from the injuries that plagued his first two years away, the 34-year-old Pinchel (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) wants to stay as active as possible moving forward.

“I’ve just got a new four-fight deal; (the UFC) just hooked me up,” Pichel told MMAjunkie Radio. “So I’m planning on running through this fight, getting another fight hopefully in like a month, even less if I can, and just steamroll them from then, man. Right now, I’ve just got so much momentum behind me and so much confidence in my skill and my health that I’m just going to steamroll, I’m not stopping.”

The lightweight bout is part of UFC Fight Night 101’s FS1-televised preliminary card, which follows early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The event at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, takes place Sunday (but airs live in the U.S. on Saturday due to time difference).

Australia’s Brown comes off a two-fight streak, with the knockout of Cesar Arzamendia and a split decision over Jon Tuck. “From Hell” Pichel, in turn, rides a two-fight streak, with decisions over Anthony Njokuani and Garett Whiteley. A semifinalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” Pichel only suffered one loss in his pro career – a first-round knockout to Rustam Khabilov at the TUF 16 Finale.

While the lack of activity might be a concern for some fighters, that isn’t the case for Pichel.

“(Expletive) rust,” Pichel said right off the bat. “There ain’t no such thing.”

If anything, the strides Pichel has been making as he goes “full blast” at the gym make him absolutely confident that he’ll return with a vengeance. Don’t believe him? Then maybe you should check with some of his poor teammates.

“I’ve jumped up so much in my striking that in my training I’ve been kind of been hurting my partners a little bit, because I’m so sharp right now with my technique,” Pichel said. “And my grappling, I’ve jumped up so much I’ve honestly just got my brown belt the other night. I’ve been a purple belt for a couple of years, and they just gave me my brown belt because of the leaps and bounds I’ve been making over the last year and my determination.

“So, honestly, when I fight on June 10, you’re going to kind of see a different person out there. It’s going to be me, but things are going to be a little bit different.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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