Daniel Pineda
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Touched up by Cub Swanson
December 12, 2020
Pineda lost to Cub Swanson via KO (punches) at 1:52 of Round 2 at UFC 256 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
All that momentum Pineda had built up following his shocking knockout win over Herbert Burns this past August has gone out the window. Surprisingly content trading blows with a battle-hardened veteran like Swanson, it was Pineda who broke first. The 35-year-old ate countless shots that would have fell any mere mortal before one huge final combination from Cub finally did the trick. Pineda's win over Burns was a great moment, but he had spent six years away from the UFC prior to that fight, and he always seemed like a guy who was unlikely to have continued long-term success.
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Draws Swanson at UFC 256
November 12, 2020
Pineda will take on Cub Swanson in a featherweight matchup at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
Pineda recently returned from a six-year hiatus from the UFC with a win over Herbert Burns, who also happened to come in 3.5 pounds heavy for the bout. Matchmakers will give him a bigger name this time out, as he'll draw a veteran in Cub Swanson who has been on the sidelines over a year after knee surgery. Swanson picked up a decision against Kron Gracie prior to the surgery, but had previously been on a four-fight losing streak. Pineda will giving up a tiny bit of a height and reach in this matchup, plus Swanson has a big edge in striking volume. Pineda sports superior defensive marks, however, and has been a more active grappler during his time in the UFC. Swanson is more than formidable in that department, however, as he's a BJJ black belt himself who did just defeat a Gracie, after all.
Wins in first UFC bout in six years
August 15, 2020
Pineda defeated Herbert Burns via TKO (punches) at 4:37 of Round 2 at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Fighting in the UFC for the first time since March 2014, Pineda made the most of his opportunity. He got the jump on Burns from the very start, landing the more effective strikes in Round 1. Pineda appeared to be in potential trouble when Burns exploded across the Octagon to begin Round 2, but the Brazilian quickly gassed out and that left Pineda with the opportunity to land countless uncontested strikes that ended the fight. He'll walk away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. Pineda has more than 40 pro fights under his belt. He has fought all over the world and for numerous different organizations. There is an extreme chance this goes down as the highlight of Pineda's return to the UFC, but there's no denying his exceptional effort Saturday.
Facing heavy opponent
August 14, 2020
Pineda will take on a heavy Herbert Burns at UFC 252 after Burns checked in 3.5 pounds over the featherweight limit, MMAFighting.com reports.
Pineda's bout will thus proceed at a catchweight, with Pineda also set to take home an extra 20 percent of the purse as a result. Pineda is considered a fairly sizable underdog at approximately +230 as of Friday afternoon to claim victory Saturday.
UFC return in two weeks
August 1, 2020
Pineda will be fighting Herbet Burns at the UFC APEX event in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting reports.
After departing the UFC back in 2014, Pineda is getting a fresh start with the promotion after he signed a new contract towards the end of June. Less than two months into his new deal and the 34-year-old already has his next opponent and he should have his hands full. Burns hasn't lost in his last five fights and just recently won via first-round submission over Evan Dunham at UFC 250 in early June.
Re-signs with UFC
June 23, 2020
Pineda signed with UFC on Tuesday, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
The 34-year-old left UFC in 2014 and has since fought in Legacy FC, Bellator, Fury FC and most recently PFL. Pineda had his final two PFL victories from last year ruled no contests after he admitted fault for having an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. He went 3-4 during his time with UFC and is 26-13 in his professional career, and it's not immediately clear when he's expected to re-enter the Octagon.