Emmanuel Sanchez meets Daniel Pineda on Bellator 149 “Shamrock vs. Gracie III” card in February

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief


A featherweight bout between Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Pineda is the first new addition to the Bellator 149 card on Feb. 19 in Houston.

Bellator officials announced the bout on Wednesday, which will air on the Spike main card under Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie III and Kimbo Slice vs. Dhafir “DaDa 5000” Harris.

The 25-year-old Sanchez is 4-1 under the Bellator banner, and makes a quick turnaround after his most recent win over Justin Lawrence. That came just this month at Bellator 145, his second straight win after a decision loss to Pat Curran in June.

Pineda, 30, makes his Bellator debut after a three fight run in Legacy FC. The UFC vet won all three of those fights by submission, a run which came after his release from the UFC. Pineda went 3-4 in his UFC run, and actually scored a win of his own over the aforementioned Lawrence in 2013.

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