Not only does Pichel plan on making a bigger name for himself with the big co-main event opportunity on June 1, but the fighter plans on doing so in spectacular fashion.
“I’m gonna knock the son of a bitch out, I’m looking for a big KO man. I’m looking for a big bonus, I got cheated out of my bonus in New Zealand from Dan Hooker…that son of a bitch. I’m looking for a knockout bonus, I’m getting a lot of slack from this guy. People telling me ‘what are you gonna do? He’s a wrestler and he’s done this and he’s done that.’ I’m like who gives a f*ck what he’s done, he’s an NCAA champion, I don’t know how many times, but I’m like ‘this is an MMA fight man.’ A lot of people are doubting me in this fight and I cannot wait to make them eat their words, I’ve had friends tell me to pull out of this fight and I shouldn’t have taken this fight. I’m like ‘what the f*ck man and thanks for the confidence bro.’ That’s why I;m like ‘I do what I do and that’s why you do what you do.’ I get a lot of shit from people like that because I don’t have any pedigree, I didn’t wrestle my whole life or kickboxed or did jiu-jitsu. I’m not like a champion and all of this other crap, I’m just an anomaly who’s throwing salt in everyone’s Kool-Aid and beating the sh*t out of people. That’s what I’m here to do and that’s what I’m gonna do, on June 1st…I plan on stopping this guy and ruining his confidence because I don’t think he’ll be able to take me down. I’m gonna knock him out and get that bonus,” says Pichel in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Pichel does have the odds stacked against him on June 1, as Gillespie is undefeated as a professional MMA fighter and three of his four wins in the UFC have come by some form of stoppage.
The Four Horsewomen of MMA (Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir) are all under contract with the WWE now and Pichel couldn’t be happier for his friends.
“All those girls, they’ve been super into it. I’ve hung out with Jessamyn Duke and Shayna and actually Ronda to on the Ultimate Fighter, they’re are super into wrestling and that’s really cool. I think that’s awesome, good for Ronda that she found something that she could still do. I feel like after her losses in MMA, it really took a toll on her. I’m glad she found that think to bounce her back, I’m super happy for them and its awesome they found something like that” says Pichel.
UFC Fight Night Utica takes place on Friday, June 1 from the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York with Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.