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Not known for his takedown prowess, Diego Brandao surprised fellow featherweight Daniel Pineda and claimed a unanimous decision on the strength of his wrestling dexterity in the night's fourth bout.
In Round 1, Brandao outlanded Pineda 28-18 in the significant strikes category. Brandao also notched a takedown, passed Pineda's guard and did some damage in half guard.
Pineda turned the tables in the striking department in the second round, outlanding Brandao 54-16. However, Brandao mustered a pair of takedowns and scored enough damage from the top position to steal the round.
Brandao outstruck Pineda 20-16 in Round 3. The Brazilian solidified the win by flattening Pineda on five of six takedown attempts in the final round.
A slugfest in the first round slowed down significantly as both men suffered from fatigue in the bout's final two stanzas. Brandao did more than enough, however, to earn his fourth win in five UFC bouts.