Underdog Daniel Pineda impresses with finish of Herbert Burns from Crucifix
Pineda’s long journey back to the big show took him through a red hot Burns that he dismantled at UFC 252.
Herbert Burns (11-2) cruised into this bout on a five fight win streak featuring all finishes, with only one coming outside the first round. After winning his UFC contract on DWCS, Burns has stayed perfect in the promotion and has yet to make it to the second round.
Daniel Pineda (26-13) is coming into this bout off a first round finish of his own with a KO over Rey Trujillo at Fury FC 32. It’s been a long road back to the UFC for the veteran Pineda with his last appearance for the promotion occurring in 2014 at UFC 171 Hendricks vs Lawler. His journey included stops at Legacy FC, Bellator, LFA, Fury FC and PFL before finally getting called back up to UFC.
Burns used his length well in the start of the fight to set up his take down attept. Just over a minute into the bout Burns has Pineda cut over the left eye and on the ground. Pineda did very well to counter and force his way ontop of Burns. His veteran calm settled in as he went to work with his strikes. Pineda’s composure allowed him to load up power shots and land them with precision. Hands turn to elbows for Pineda’s commanding attacks from atop Burns. Pineda outclassed Burns on the ground. He controlled him completely and battered him with a stubborn steady pace. Burns seemed largely helpless as Pineda casually pummeled from on majority of Round 1.
Pineda lands a few choice shots to start the second round but Burns shoots a takedown and looks for his turn to control the round. Burns takes Pineda’s back but does nothing with it as Pineda fires off powered hammerfists into Burn’s thighs. Burns transitions to Pinedas front and slides into half guard. Despite Burns being in control positions Pineda remains busy and strikes efficiently from the bottom. It doesn’t take long for Pineda to strike his way back into the top position. Burns is visibly fading.
Pineda passed Burns guard and worked his way into the crucifix position. Herbert efforts to spin his hips seeking escape but Pineda has the position secured and remains busy with his striking. Burns’ face began to swell severely. He rocks his head but it’s always in the kill frame. The urgent muffled breathing from Pineda is the only sound competing with the dense slabbing elbows cracking down like drumroll thunder. Mark Smith called the TKO stoppage at 4:37.