In another preliminary bout between fighters coming off losses, Daniel Pineda (17-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) matches up with Canada's Antonio Carvalho (13-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the featherweight division. This is the first of many fights at UFC 149 affected by the injury bug. Carvalho was originally scheduled to fight George Roop before he pulled out due to injury. Neither Carvalho nor Pineda is ranked in the USA Today/MMA Nation Consensus Rankings.
It's a battle of two well-rounded fighters each possessing strong finishing abilities no matter where the fight takes place. Pineda in particular has won all of his fights by stoppage. Carvalho is well-traveled and has fought top-level competition in Japan, including current top 5 featherweight Hatsu Hioki.. The fight is scheduled to stream live on the UFC's official Facebook page, which goes live on-air at approximately 6:40 PM ET/3:40 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Pineda: 26 years old | 5'7" | 70' reach
Carvalho: 33 years old | 5'8" | Unknown reach
What have these two done recently?
Pineda: L - Mike Brown (UD) | W - Mackens Semerzier (SUB) | W - Pat Schilling (SUB)
Carvalho: L - Felipe Arantes (UD) | W - Doug Evans (UD) | W - Juan Barrantes (KO)
How did these two get here?
Daniel Pineda is a native Texan who went straight to professional MMA in April 2007.He won 8 of his first 10 fights, including a quick kneebar stoppage against season 14 TUF competitor Johnny Bedford. Pineda hit a major rough patch, losing his next 4 (one of them a rematch against Bedford). He made a name for himself on the regional scene by winning 5 consecutive fights from July 2010-December 2011 in Houston's Legacy Fighting Championships. His best win was former WEC veteran Frank Gomez. Pineda got the UFC call at the start of 2012 and made the most of it with a 95 second submission over Pat Schilling at UFC on FX 1, and then following it up by sending Mackens Semerzier out of the UFC. In his biggest test to date he came up short in a grueling fight with former #1 featherweight and WEC champion Mike Brown. He currently trains at 4oz Fight Club in Houston.
Antonio Carvalho is a veteran of the sport, fighting professionally since 2002. The Ontario native won and finished his first 7 fights, all but one taking place in Canada. He took his talents overseas to Shooto in Japan in 2005, earning a decision win over Takeshi Inoue. Carvalho had mixed results during his time with the organization, losing to Inoue in a rematch for the vacant featherweight title, beating Hatsu Hioki in 2007, before exiting Shooto with a TKO loss to Hiroyuki Takaya. After an extended hiatus from the sport from 2008-2010, Carvalho racked up a few wins back in Canada, the UFC signed him up in the summer of 2011, but he was unable to make his debut in August against Yuri Alcantara due to injury. His debut instead came against Felipe Arantes at UFC 142 in Brazil, where he lost by decision. Carvalho has been profiled before, listed as the 2011 #1 featherweight prospect in Bloody Elbow's scouting report.
Why should you care?
Pineda has only been to a decision twice (both losses) and has been exciting in all of his UFC fights, so the chances of this going the distance are pretty slim. Carvalho is a high-level black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so this could be a classic ground battle.
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