MMA Preview – Herbert Burns vs Daniel Pineda at UFC 252

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THE FACTS

When is UFC 252? Sunday 16th August, 2020 – 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC 252? UFC APEX Facility, Las Vegas, Nevada (US)

What channel is UFC 252? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC 252? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the UFC 252 will be shown live on ESPN+ which can you sign up to here!

Where can I get tickets for UFC 252? This event will take place without spectators

THE LOWDOWN

Herbert Burns has taken to life in the UFC comfortably as he knocked out Nate Landwehr with a knee at UFC Fight Night 166 and then submitted Evan Dunham with a rear-naked choke at UFC 250 back in June. The Brazilian will be oozing confidence coming into this bout after those two first-round wins and on this five-fight win streak. Other than two decision losses, he has won 11 of his 13 fights and is improving with every bout right now.

After being released by the UFC back in March 2014, Daniel Pineda returns to the Octagon once again over six years later to face Burns. The 35-year-old comes into what will be his 42nd pro fight and he has won his last six bouts although his last two were overturned after testing positive for a banned substance. Only five of his 41 fights have gone the distance and 18 of his 26 wins have come via submission.

THE PREDICTION

Herbert Burns will look to continue his progress in the UFC featherweight division as he fights veteran Daniel Pineda who is making his return to the Octagon after a six-year absence. Burns has been impressive in his short time in the organisation and looks capable of making his way up the rankings. He will not have it all his own way against Pineda here though as the veteran is getting better the older he gets. Pineda is enjoying something of an Indian summer and he will relish the opportunity to play spoiler here. That said, Burns could just be too powerful for him and the Brazilian should stop him either via knockout or submission.

Winner: Burns via submission

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