UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov: Andre Fili vs Daniel Pineda: Prediction and Analysis

UFC Fight Night: Gane vs Volkov will see a featherweight clash between Andre Fili and Daniel Pineda go down in the featherweight division of the UFC. Pineda and Fili are both coming off losses in their last fights. So, each man will be determined to get back to the win column with a showcase performance this weekend.

Fili has won 3 out of his last 5 fights in the UFC. A split decision win against Charles Jourdain in June 2020 has been his last triumph inside the UFC Octagon. ‘Touchy’ dropped a decision against Bryce Mitchell in his last fight in October.

Andre Fili
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 31: (L-R) Andre Fili punches Bryce Mitchell in a featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on October 31, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Pineda, on the other hand, made a return to the UFC in 2020 at UFC 252 against Herbert Burns. He was knocked out in his last contest by Cub Swanson in December.

Fili has a professional record of 21-8 with 12 finishes under his belt. 9 T/KO and 3 submission wins comprise those numbers for him. Pineda holds a record of 27-14. ‘The Pit’ has been able to finish all of his professional wins. 9 T/KO and 18 submissions rack up those numbers for the 35-year-old.

Andre Fili vs Daniel Pineda: Analysis

Fili was once touted as one of the top prospects of the UFC’s featherweight division. The 30-year-old has fallen from grace a bit in recent times. But his skills remain beyond question. He is hands down one of the best strikers in the 145 lbs division.

Pineda is a crafty submission artist. However, he might not necessarily have the size advantage over Fili that he generally has over his other opponents. That might play a crucial role in the fight.

Daniel Pineda vs Cub Swanson
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Cub Swanson and Daniel Pineda face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Fili might just be able to outbox Pineda since the start of the fight. This should make ‘The Pit‘ panic and force him to make mistakes. ‘Touchy‘ might just be too skilled a fighter to afford those casualties against. He is expected to exploit the sloppy side of Pineda and eventually earn a T/KO finish in his favor.

Final Prediction: Andre ‘Touchy’ Fili by second-round T/KO.

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