UFC 146 *SPOILERS*
Here we go!
Mike Brown vs. Daniel Pineda
They touch gloves in the center and circle around each other cautiously to start. Yves Lavigne is our referee for this one. Pineda slips on a head kick attempt. Brown lets him get up, then goes to work with some looping rights. Knee by Pineda hurts Brown, but responds by driving Pineda across the cage with a takedown attempt that eventually plants Pineda on his back against the fence. Brown works hooks from the top, but Pineda reverses and puts him on his back. Pineda tries for mount, and Brown uses the opportunity to get to his feet. Solid left hook by Pineda gets through Brown’s defenses. Pineda shoots in low and Brown flips him over, landing on top in the final minute of the round. Pineda gets to his feet just as the horn sounds.
Pineda looks energized at the start of the second. He fires off a flying knee and Brown answers with a series of hooks. Pineda keeps the pressure on and then shoots for a takedown that brings Brown down. Brown is up quickly and has a hold of Pineda’s leg. Pineda tries for a knee with the free leg and gets dumped on his head with a loud crash. Pineda sweeps and Brown gets to his feet. Brown batters Pineda with a series of damaging blows in the clinch. That seemed to take a lot of the starch out of Pineda. We’re down to 90 seconds left in the round, and both men are looking weathered. Brown slips on a kick and Pineda begins to charge in, then goes down hard. Brown pushes him onto his back and does some work with elbows from Pineda’s guard in the last minute of the round. Pineda fires back from the bottom, and Brown is cut around his eye. That doesn’t look good, and there’s the horn.
Big cheer from the crowd to start the third. It’s been a good scrap to start us off. They trade in the center in the opening seconds of the final round, then Brown backs Pineda up against the fence and drops him with a big knee. Pineda looked like he might be done for a second, but he’s recovered quickly and gets Brown in his guard. Brown’s staying busy from the top with punches and elbows. Pineda thinks about a triangle choke, but can’t get it. Brown keeps working as Pineda slips off to the side and then to his back, a nightmare in slow motion. A minute left in the fight, and Pineda has the body triangle locked on. He likely needs a finish to win this, and Brown knows it. He’s in survival mode, and time is on his side. Ten seconds left, but Pineda can’t even come close to sinking a choke.
Mike Brown def. Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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