Daniel Pineda
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Can't continue after eye poke
June 27, 2021
Pineda fought Andre Fili to a no-contest (accidental eye poke) at 0:46 of Round 2 at UFC Vegas 30 on Saturday.
Make no mistake -- Pineda was getting thoroughly beaten prior to the stoppage. He ate 29 significant strikes -- 26 to the head -- in the first round alone, narrowly avoiding the stoppage but dropping the frame 10-8. Pineda showed plenty of heart and came out firing in Round 2, but Fili tried to clear some space with a push and inadvertently delivered the eye poke. Pineda desperately wanted to continue and pleaded with the doctors that he could see, but the eye was clearly swollen shut. After incorrectly guessing the number of fingers the doctor put up, there was no choice to call off the fight. Typically fights that end this way are candidates for immediate rematches, but given how lopsided things were prior to the stoppage, expect the UFC to go in another direction.
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Gets next fight on books
June 11, 2021
Pineda will take on Andre Fili on the June 26 UFC card, Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com reports.
Pineda has managed just one win over his last four fights, most recently falling to Cub Swanson via KO (punches) at 1:52 of Round 2. He pulled off a surprising upset of Herbert Burns in his first fight back after six years away from the promotion, but that as likely more a blip on the radar than something to expect moving forward.
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.
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.