Domingo Pilarte
Son of Fire


Kelleher bout on tap in August
May 17, 2021
Pilarte will take on Brian Kelleher in a featherweight bout at the UFC event on August 21, Sergio Pineiro of FighterPathMMA reports.
Pilarte will be making his first start in the Octagon since February of 2020 when he lost to Journey Newson via TKO. This fight with Kelleher was originally scheduled for November of 2018, but will now take place three years later. Kelleher dropped his last fight in February.
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Loss at UFC 247 overturned
March 25, 2020
The outcome of Pilarte's fight against Journey Newson at UFC 247 has been overturned to a no contest by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Pilarte fell to a 38-second knockout at UFC 247, but as a result of Newson testing positive for marijuana, the results of the match will now be recorded as "no context" on each fighter's record. While the change makes Pilarte's UFC record look better on paper, it doesn't change the fact that he's now been outclassed in back-to-back contests.
Still seeking first UFC victory
February 8, 2020
Pilarte lost to Journey Newson via TKO (punches) at 0:38 of Round 1 at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
Pilarte landed a high kick moments after the opening bell rang and it was pretty much all downhill from there. He was unable to recover after Newson popped him with a perfectly placed right hand. Pilarte looked mediocre in dropping his UFC debut to Felipe Colares last July and was obviously no better Saturday. Pilarte earned his UFC contract with a submission win on Dana White's Contender Series, but after dropping his first two bouts with the company, he's likely to stay on the early prelims for the foreseeable future.
Facing Journey Newson in Houston
January 10, 2020
Pilarte will take on Journey Newson at UFC 247 in Houston on Feb. 8, reports.
Both fighters are looking for their first UFC victory after dropping their debuts. Pilarte lost a split decision against Felipe Colares in July, while Newson fell to Ricardo Ramos by unanimous decision in June.
Can't overcome slow start
July 20, 2019
Pilarte lost to Felipe Colares via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
An injury delayed Pilarte's debut after he earned a contract via the Contender Series in July of 2018, and the long layoff may have played a role here. The card's biggest betting favorite started slow, absorbing several kicks early, including an array of knees while up against the fence. Roughly midway through the first, Pilarte was taken down and forced to eat heavy ground-and-pound, which likely led to him dropping that frame. He spent the early part of the second with his back against the cage, but held on to an underhook that allowed him to work some of his jiu-jitsu. With less than two minutes left in the second, he landed a hard knee and started to take control of the striking, but still ended up finishing the round on his back after multiple transitions and kimura attempts. Heading into the third and likely needing a finish, Pilarte took an immediate shot to the groin following the opening bell. After regrouping, he backed Colares up against the fence, took his back and dragged him to the mat in search of a submission. He spent the entirety of the last frame in dominant position looking for the rear-naked choke, but Colares was able to survive. It was ultimately too little, too late for the 29-year-old, who will go back to the drawing board with a 8-2 professional record.
To make UFC debut in San Antonio
May 17, 2019
Pilarte will take on Felipe Colares in a bantamweight matchup at UFC San Antonio on July 20, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Pilarte owns a 8-1 professional record, but will now get a chance to make his UFC debut after he put Vince Morales to sleep via rear-naked choke on Dana White's Contender Series last summer. He'll face off against a fighter in Colares who has the exact same professional record, but Pilarte will enter with distinct height and reach advantages. Takedown defense will be key for Pilarte, as even in a loss, Colares recorded three takedowns in his UFC debut. On the other hand, Pilarte does have four submission wins on his record, so he's plenty capable in grappling exchanges, if needed.