To paraphrase the great Mike Goldberg, “Daniel Pineda is for real!”
In a tough featherweight clash to kick off the televised prelims on Fuel TV, Pineda made his second trip to the Octagon against WEC veteran Mackens Semerzier in a bout where Pineda was definitely the underdog.
Pineda went out and smacked Semerzier with a nice hook to knock his opponent to the mat and quickly gained the mount and transitioned into a triangle choke.
When the choke didn’t quite lock in, Pineda switched to a straight armbar and finished the fight at 2:00 of the first round.
What We’ll Remember About This Fight:
Daniel Pineda proved he belongs in the UFC.
Pineda scored a quick win in his debut over fellow newcomer Pat Schilling at UFC on FX 1 in January, but defeating an established Zuffa veteran like Semerzier proves he is going to be a legitimate threat in the featherweight division.
What We Learned about Daniel Pineda
Daniel Pineda is here to stay in the UFC.
Pineda’s only going to get better at just 26 years old, but he has some serious skills as it is.
His striking looked solid against Semerzier and his ju jitsu skills are definitely something for his opponents to worry about, and after all that, his wrestling his supposedly his biggest asset.
What We Learned About Mackens Semerzier
Semerzier needs to improve dramatically if he wants to keep his roster spot in the UFC.
Semerzier is now 1-1-1 inside the Octagon, but he looked woefully overmatched in this bout and he is going to need a win in his next fight to keep his job.
His striking is usually very dangerous, but he left himself open far too often in this bout and he ended up paying for it early.
What’s Next for Pineda
A fight with the guy Semerzier was originally set to fight tonight, Robert Peralta would be a nice test for him.
What’s Next for Semerzier
Pat Schilling, the man Pineda defeated in his last bout would be a good fight for Semerzier and would likely result in the loser leaving the organization.