Daniel Pineda
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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.
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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.
Suffers loss due to cut at Bellator 182
August 25, 2017
Pineda lost to Georgi Karakhanyan via TKO (cut) at 4:05 of Round 2 at Bellator 182 on Friday in Verona, N.Y.
This was an awful decision by the referee and doctor. Pineda was looking absolutely great in this fight. He was winning the striking exchanges. He had a grappling advantage, and he put it to good use. He scored takedowns and sweeps. From the top position he did solid work. Late in the second round, Karakhanyan landed an upkick from the bottom. The kick opened a cut above Pineda's eye. The referee stopped the fight for the doctor to look at the cut. The doctor stopped the fight almost immediately. Many fighters have continued with much worse cuts.
comes from behind to defeat Mark Dickman
September 16, 2016
Pineda defeated Mark Dickman via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:07 round 3 at Bellator 161 on Friday in Cedar Park, Texas
After dropping the first round, Pineda showed himself to be the superior fighter. In round two he successfully defended Dickman's takedowns and won the striking exchanges. At the start of the third round, Pineda appeared to be in much better condition. He defended a Kimura attempt and ended up on top. From there he moved to the back and finished the fight via rear-naked choke. The win was his 16th career submission win.