George Roop will have to wait a bit longer to break his losing streak. He was supposed to take on Antonio Carvalho at UFC 149, but he has become injured and now is off the card. Stepping in is the always reliable Daniel Pineda who will be having his fourth bout in the octagon in about six months. His second fight in the UFC was actually on short notice as well.
Pineda currently is 2-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming to former champion Mike Brown, and in that fight he did not do too bad – almost stopping Brown in the first round. His other two wins in the UFC combine for less than four minutes as he submitted both of his opponents. Pineda and Carvalho will both be looking to rebound from recent losses. Carvalho entered the UFC, but lost a decision to Felipe Arantes back in January of this year.
These two matchup well. Pineda has never won a fight by decision, and finished all 18 of his opponents. The thing Pineda will have to watch for in this fight is the submission skills of Carvalho as 6 of his 8 losses have come by submission. So, Pineda’s best bet will be to keep this fight standing, and Carvalho will obviously want to take this fight to the ground. It also seems that if you can withstand the first round assault of Pineda your chances of success will increase. If Pineda wins he will make himself a valuable commodity as a replacement in an MMA organization where opponents have been dropping off consistently.