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We have a pivotal fight in the Lightweight division, as Vinc “From Hell” Pichel takes on Mark “The Olympian” Madsen. Unranked, despite winning three straight and seven of the last eight, Pichel will look to once more prove he’s a top Lightweight. At 39 years of age, father time isn’t on his side. It also isn’t slowing him down. Meanwhile, Madsen comes into this fight undefeated. Having most recently edged out Clay Guida in a barnburner, the former Olympian will look to continue his trek to a title shot.

As for a prediction, I have Pichel winning. While Madsen is stylistically a fighter who has given Pichel fits, this isn’t a Rustam Khabilov or Gregor Gillespie. It’s an Olympian, who is rather inexperienced and has shown gas tank issues. Having most recently defeated Clay Guida by split decision in a straight up striking contest, Madsen showed a new wrinkle to his game. One that has evolved, but clearly isn’t something he can rely on against better strikers. Pichel, a technical, yet powerful striker being one of them. The question is, can Pichel fend off Madsen’s wrestling? In the early portions of the fight, I don’t think so. However, as the fight wanes and Madsen tires, Pichel will begin to turn the tide. So much so, that I believe he will not only defeat Madsen, but finish him. So with that said, I predict Pichel to win by TKO.

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