UFC’s Fox Sports 1 premiere continues to grow, as UFC officials
Wednesday announced that featherweights Daniel
Pineda and Diego
Brandao have joined the Aug. 17 bill.
UFC on Fox Sports 1 takes place at the TD Garden in Boston and is
headlined by a light heavyweight confrontation between Chael Sonnen
Rua. Pineda and Brandao are expected to square off during the
preliminary card, which immediately precedes the main draw
broadcast on the debuting sports channel.
Pineda, 27, halted a two-fight skid in his most recent outing,
submitting “Ultimate Fighter” Season 15 alum Justin
Lawrence with a first-round kimura on April 13. “The Pit”
fought four times in six months to begin his UFC career, starting
strong with victories over Pat
Schilling and Mackens
Semerzier before suffering defeats to Mike Thomas
Brown and Antonio
Carvalho to end his 2012.
One year younger than his upcoming opponent, Brandao has won six of
his last seven, submitting Dennis
Bermudez to win the “TUF 14” title in 2011. Though a decision
defeat to Darren
Elkins would follow for the hard-hitting Brazilian, “Ceara”
responded with victories over Joey
Gambino and Pablo Garza,
most recently submitting “The Scarecrow” with a first-round
triangle armbar on April 6 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.