Jul 21, 2012; Calgary, AB, CANADA; Antonio Carvalho (black shorts) celebrates defeating Daniel Pineda (not pictured) in the featherweight bout of UFC 149 against at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE
Rounding out the Facebook portion of UFC 149, Antonio Carvalho took only a little over a minute to knock out Daniel Pineda. Improving his record to 14-5, Carvalho redeemed himself after a poor showing at UFC 142 against Felipe Arantes and is now 1-1 in the UFC. Pineda drops to 2-2 in the UFC and 17-9 overall.
Daniel Pineda wasted no time in this fight. He took the center of the Octagon from the opening bell and began pressuring Carvalho with big winging hooks. Unfazed, Carvalho stayed completely calm waiting for his chance. He dropped Pineda for the first time only 30 seconds in with a left high kick. Pineda was undeterred and resumed his relentless attack, but missed on most of his punches. Carvalho threw the left head kick again and, as Pineda leaped in with an overhand right, stepped to the side and countered with a tight right hook that led to the finish.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The finish. Pineda tried to come around a blocked head kick with a big right hand, but Carvalho blasted him with a powerful right hook of his own.
Where do these guys go from here?
Judging by his emotional post-fight interview, I'd say Antonio Carvalho knew he needed a win last night. That knock out holds his spot in the UFC Featherweight division and definitely puts him in high regard with president Dana White. White loves exciting stand up fighters. The Ultimate Fighter 15 competitior Justin Lawrence may be a good match going forward.
Daniel Pineda now has a .500 record in his firs 4 UFC fights. He took this match on short notice coming off a loss to struggling former champion Mike Brown. The UFC brass tends to give leniency to injury replacement fighters, so I wouldn't expect him to get cut here. However, he will be on thin ice going into his next match.
Watch it now, later, or never?
Now, after a lackluster debut, Antonio Carvalho showed how devastating his striking can be.
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