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Andre Fili vs. Daniel Pineda – UFC Vegas 30 Preview

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UFC Vegas 30 will be headlined by Ciryl Gane and Alexander Volkov this weekend. Also on the card, a featherweight bout between Andre Fili and Daniel Pineda will take place right in the middle of the main card. Both men will be looking to get another win and move up in the featherweight rankings. Check out our full main card breakdown podcast below!

Andre Fili (21-8)

Andre Fili will be coming into this fight following his decision loss to Bryce Mitchell in October. Fili went 1-2 in 2020, also losing a decision to Sodiq Yusuff. His one win of 2020 was a unanimous decision over Charles Jourdain. Andre Fili has finished 12 of his 21 wins with nine of those wins being knockouts. He has a UFC record of 9-7, winning two performance bonuses in that time. He has key UFC wins over Myles Jury, Sheymon Moraes, Dennis Bermudez, and Artem Lobov. Andre Fili has been fighting for the UFC since 2013 and prior to that even fought a few fights or Tachi Palace Fights. 

Andre Fili has always been known to have great striking and even better cardio. Winning nine of his 21 wins by decision. Only seven of Fili’s 21 wins being finished in the first round. Fili will come into this fight with Pineda with a four-inch height and a four-inch reach advantage. Fili has had a back and forth UFC career and will need to string together a series of wins if he hopes to climb the featherweight ranks once again.

Daniel Pineda (27-14-2)

Daniel Pineda is back with the UFC after a short stint with the company from 2012-2014. Since returning he is 1-1 defeating Herbert Burns and losing to Cub Swanson in his most recent fight. Both of Pineda’s no contests were wins he scored in the PFL that were overturned because he failed a drug test. 18 of Pineda’s 27 wins come by submissions and nine of those wins are by knockout. Giving him a 100% finish rate in his wins. Although he is currently 0-5 when the fight goes to a decision.

Pineda is a black belt in jiujitsu and has a lot of power in his hands. He is most dangerous in the first couple of rounds. If Pineda comes into this fight with much-improved cardio he could be a big problem for Fili.

UFC Vegas 30 Fight Card

Main Card:

  • Ciryl Gane vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Tanner Boser vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valiev
  • Andre Fili vs. Daniel Pineda
  • Tim Means vs. Nicolas Dalby
  • Renato Moicano vs. Jai Herbert

Preliminary Card:

  • Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Danilo Marques
  • Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Warlley Alves vs. Jeremiah Wells
  • Marcin Prachnio vs. Isaac Villanueva
  • Julia Avila vs. Julija Stoliarenko
  • Charles Rosa vs. Justin Jaynes
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Damir Hadzovic

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My name is Michael Lynch. I’m originally from Long Island, NY, but I reside in Columbia, Sc. I’ve been covering MMA for almost two years now. I’ve covered events such as Island fights and the PFL. I also have a YouTube channel where I do fight companions and UFC fight previews. I have recently started to train in mma and would like to have my first fight in 2020. I believe that as a journalist I need to experience what these fighters go threw, in order to understand their POV.

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