The trilogy is here.
UFC 252 takes place inside the UFC Apex tonight, Saturday, Aug. 15. Current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and former two-weight champion Daniel Cormier settle the score in the main event.
Rising star Sean O’Malley puts his perfect record to the test against fellow bantamweight Marlon Vera in the night’s co-main event.
Also on the main card is a featherweight matchup between Herbert Burns and Daniel Pineda.
Burns enters the octagon on a five-fight win streak, including two victories under the UFC banner. He most recently submitted long-time UFC veteran Evan Dunham in the first round at UFC 250 on June 6. He made his octagon debut back in January, earning a first-round TKO against Nate Landwehr at UFC on ESPN+ 24.
At the official weigh-ins on Friday, Aug. 14, Burns tipped the scale at 149.5 pounds. Burns will meet another seasoned veteran in Pineda.
After six years of fighting in other top promotions like Bellator, Professional Fight League and Legacy Fighting Alliance, Pineda enters his second stint with the UFC. Pineda is coming off back-to-back no contests to Jeremy Kennedy and Movlid Khaynulaev in 2019.
After previously winning four-straight bouts, Pineda is unbeaten since 2017.
He made his UFC debut in January 2012. He fought seven times inside the octagon, earning wins against Justin Lawrence, Mackens Semerzier and Pat Schilling.
Here is how the featherweight bout between Herbert Burns and Daniel Pineda went down at UFC 252, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of the event, check them out right here.
The two come out and Pineda is landing early. Burns is being punished when he come sin. Burns shoots for a takedown and is clinched to the back. Pineda lands a back elbow. Pineda escapes and scores a takedown of his own. Pineda is on top of Burns. Pineda sits in Burns’ full guard, lands some ground and pound. Pineda moves to half guard. Burns is trying to get his legs under Pineda to create distance and look for submissions. Pineda is putting a lot of weight on Pineda. Pineda continues to land elbows and punches. Burns has little answers thus far. Pineda stand sup briefly, eats a kick from Burns on the bottom. Pineda comes back down and continues to pour on ground and pound. Pineda ends the round on top.
MyMMANews.com scores it 10-9 for Pineda
Both men tap gloves, Burns lands some early leg kicks. Pineda is countering. Burns finds a right hand and scores a takedown. Pineda using a butterfly guard to escape. Pineda able to get up. Burns grabs the led and is able to get on the back. Pineda continues to land knees to the thigh of Burns. Burns gets more of a top position, laying on top of Pineda. Burns lands a short shot to the body, while Pineda is throwing punches from his back. Burns remains in half guard, trying to improve position. Pineda is able to get up, but Burns able to take the back. Pineda reverses and ends up on top. Pineda passes the guard. Pineda gets a crucifix position and is landing. Burns is circling, trying to escape. Pineda is pouring on elbows and punches, has the head of Burns trapped. Burns is taking a lot of damage, can’t escape. The referee steps in and gets the TKO win.
Official result: Daniel Pineda def. Herbert Burns via TKO at 4:37 in round 2.
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