The UFC's debut event on the Fox Sports 1 network, set for August 17, now sports a full 13-fight card featuring a number of very intriguing matchups. Among the most interesting of all is a bantamweight clash between a pair of hard hitters, Michael McDonald and Brad Pickett.
McDonald enters the bout just one fight removed from a failed title shot against Renan Barao. The defeat marked the first of the 22-year-old's UFC career, so he'll no doubt be looking to get back on the winning track against Pickett.
For his part, Pickett approaches the fight coming off a split-decision victory over Mike Easton. He will be looking to secure back-to-back wins for just the second time since 2010 when he goes up against McDonald this August.
Here we will take a look at the McDonald vs. Pickett matchup and examine how it is likely to play out. We will assess which fighter has an edge in each of the striking, wrestling, and grappling and submission areas of the game and use those assessments to project the probable outcome.