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UFC Fight Night 26: Diego Brandao Vs. Daniel Pineda

Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda

Our second of four straight featherweight bouts features former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao (17-8) and Daniel Pineda (18-9). The referee will be Mario Yamasaki.

Round 1: We have a bit of a delay, as there appeared to be too much ankle wrap on Pineda and the ref forced some of it to be cut off. This one is looking like an early finish, as both men are stepping into every strike, throwing with as much power as they can. Vicious side kick, a right hand and a flying knee all connect by Brandao, and Pineda is stunned. Another lands, and another flying knee and Pineda is wobbly. However, he is fighting back, and the TD Garden approves with applause. Those were some nasty strikes by the Brazilian, who has been questioned in regards to his stamina in the past. Two power rights get through the defense of Pineda, and Brandao comes back with three more strikes, dropping him. A third flying knee lands and Brandao follows up with a successful takedown. Through four minutes, Brandao is plus-20 in terms of striking, having landed 35 shots. Brandao is taking some deep breaths, as he might have burned up too much energy.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brandao

Round 2: Pineda comes right out after him, moving forward and landing combos. Brandao answers with a takedown, just like his corner instructed him to do to preserve energy. Pineda seeking a triangle, moves to a potential armbar, and Brandao pulls free. As they move to the feet, they are greeted with applause, as these fans want to see more striking. Brandao catches Pineda, who smiles and extends a hand to congratulate him. Brandao scores with another takedown. Pineda sees an opening and sweeps Brandao to his back, flattening him out and hammering down with rights and elbows. Pineda connecting on everything he throws with two minutes to go in the round. This could be a long – or short – two minutes for Brandao, as he isn’t fighting back and is eating tons of punches. More lefts, rights, and Brandao gets to guard. Pineda stands up and almost gets his ankle caught in a submission.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Pineda

Round 3: Pineda asks the crowd for approval, and they respond. We’ve got a fight on our hands here. Right off the bat, Brandao catches a kick and scores with a takedown. After a pair of rights, he lets Pineda get up to his feet and they exchange. Interesting move by Brandao, who scores with his fifth takedown of the match and second in this round. Double-spinning backfist by Pineda, and Brandao goes back to what has been working – the takedown. Pineda controlling the striking, including a Superman punch, but once again winds up on his back via the takedown. Brandao is completely exhausted. He had an arm triangle right in front of him and wasn’t able to complete it. Exhausted punches being thrown to conclude the action.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Brandao

Diego Brandao def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)