“The hardest part about fighting two fights in one night is not being able to celebrate your first win.” Interview with PFL finalist Daniel Pineda
Daniel Pineda (28-13) is a 34-year-old Mexican-American fighter who is going to participate in the New Year’s PFL event. As part of the final bout of the lightweight division with one-million-dollar prize at stake Pineda is going to clash with PFL vet Lance Palmer.
Harcord contacted the fighter who’s already been training for the main fight of his life so far. Daniel Pineda has found time in his tight agenda to answer our questions.
On his next fight and strengths:
“His strengths are my strengths which makes this to be a very interesting fight. Hope he’s ready. I fight to finish everyone and not leave it to the judges. Judges and I don’t get along.”
On his underdog status against Movlid Khaybulaev:
“Me being the underdog gave me motivation to finish him faster and prove to everyone not to underestimate me. “Never count a Mexican out”.”
On his impressions from working with UFC and PFL:
“I think UFC is a very good promotion and treated me well in my tenure but can actually compare similarities with our current PFL run. I plan on staying with the PFL for quite some time. Like I said, given the hospitality to me and my team and if I get a chance to win the title I would live stay here.”
On having two fights in one night:
“The hardest part about fighting two fights in one night is not being able to celebrate your first win. But as a fighter you should always be prepared to fight 5 rounds and I was ready to fight 5 rounds if needed.”
Daniel Pineda had two fights in PFL, winning both with finishes via TKO to Movlid Khaybulaev and via submission to Jeremy Kennedy.