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From the moment in the first round when Daniel Pineda hurt Mike Brown with a combination and the former champ responded by driving Pineda across the Octagon for a double leg take down it was clear that UFC 146: Dos Santos Vs. Mir was opening on a high note.
UFC 146 Results: Mike Brown defeated Daniel Pineda by unanimous decision (29-28).
The two men went on to impressively batter each other for the rest of the round. Brown winging overhand rights and kicking and kneeing the body and Pineda answering with punching combos on the feet.
The second round saw some amazing sweeps and slams from both men. Pineda muscled Brown off of him with an explosion of force that defied technique or resistance. Brown answered with a dramatic high single leg to trip toss that SLAMMED Pineda to the canvas. There was also a really nice hip toss from Brown in there.
The third began and it looked like Brown had landed the blow that would decide the matter when he crumpled Pineda with a brutal knee to the body. Pineda's will was too strong and after enduring some ground and pound, he managed to get Brown's back and threaten Brown for most of the round, ending the fight in dominant position.
It wasn't enough to sway the judges however and Brown took home the decision victory.
After the bout, Dave Meltzer reported in The Wrestling Observer that the 36-year-old Brown, a former WEC champion who had struggled to a 4-3 record since losing the title to Jose Aldo in 2009, had decided to retire after the bout. Brown retired with an overall record of 26-8, 2-2 UFC.
The 26 year-old Pineda falls to an overall 17-8 record and 2-1 in the UFC. Based on his fine performance against Brown it won't take him long to reemerge as a contender in the UFC's 145lb class.
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