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Diego Brandão

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Diego Pereira Brandão[3] (born May 27, 1987) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division. A professional since 2005, he formerly competed for the UFC, RIZIN, and Fight Nights Global. He was the winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.

Diego Brandão
Diego Brandao BJJ.png
Born (1987-05-27) May 27, 1987 (age 32)
Fortaleza, Brazil
Other namesDB, Ceara
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Reach69 in (175 cm)
StyleBJJ, Gaidojutsu
Fighting out ofSan Antonio, Texas
TeamJackson's Mixed Martial Arts
RankSecond Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout14
By submission6
By decision4
By knockout8
By submission2
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Brandão made his MMA debut against Michel Bastos, winning via submission. He went 3-1 before fighting against UFC veteran Ronys Torres. He lost the fight by TKO due to punches. He then fought longtime UFC veteran Brian Foster and won via KO in the first round. Following the contest he won 6 and lost four of his next ten fights, with 3 wins by KO, 2 by submission and 1 by decision, before signing with the UFC.

Brandão later became a member of Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In 2011, Brandão signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. In the first episode, Brandão fought Jesse Newell to gain entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. Brandão quickly defeated Newell via first round knockout. He was the number one featherweight pick for Team Bisping.

Brandão proved to be a loose cannon with confrontations with Marcus Brimage and Steven Siler. In the fifth episode it was announced that he would fight Siler on episode six. In this fight Diego charged out of the gate with a flying knee and knocked Siler unconscious 30 seconds into the first round with a left hook. With this win he advanced to the semi finals to fight former WEC fighter, Bryan Caraway. Brandão defeated Caraway via KO due to a flying knee and follow up punches late in the first round. With the win over Caraway, Brandão moved on to the finale against Dennis Bermudez.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Brandão officially made his UFC debut on December 3, 2011, at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale against Dennis Bermudez to determine the first ever featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14. After a back-and-forth first round Brandão was knocked down and hit with heavy shots on the ground until he caught Bermudez with an armbar, and quickly forced the tapout. With his performance, Brandão was awarded Fight of the Night andSubmission of the Night honors, giving him a total of $80,000 in bonuses. During the post-fight interview Diego proclaimed of his mother; "The only thing on my mind [is to] buy her [a] house".

Brandão fought Darren Elkins on May 26, 2012, at UFC 146.[4] Brandão lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Brandão fought and defeated Joey Gambino on October 13, 2012, at UFC 153[5] via unanimous decision.

Brandão faced Pablo Garza on April 6, 2013, at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[6].

Brandão faced Daniel Pineda on August 17, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 26.[7] He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Brandão faced Dustin Poirier on December 28, 2013, at UFC 168. There was some bad blood between the two that was evident during the staredown at the weigh-in, with Poirier claiming Brandão had threatened to "stab me in the neck." Brandão weighed in at 153 pounds, seven pounds over the accepted 146-pound limit for a featherweight non-title fight. Brandão would continue to cut weight and weighed in an hour later, but could only get down to 151.5 pounds. He was fined 25 percent of his purse, but the bout went on as scheduled.[8] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Brandão was expected to face Will Chope on March 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 38.[9] However, Chope was released from UFC when documents were released that showed Chope was discharged from the U.S. Air Force for domestic violence towards his ex-wife.[10]

Brandão was expected to face promotional newcomer Brian Ortega on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[11] However, Brandão pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event citing an injury. Due to the late nature of the change, officials did not try to find a replacement and Ortega was pulled from the card as well.[12]

Brandão faced Conor McGregor on July 19, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 46, replacing an injured Cole Miller.[13] Brandão lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Brandão was expected to face Jimy Hettes on January 31, 2015, at UFC 183.[14] However, the fight was canceled right before the event started, as Hettes passed out backstage. He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.[15] Subsequently, the bout with Hettes was rescheduled for April 18, 2015, at UFC on Fox 15.[16] Brandão won the fight due to a doctor stoppage between the first and second round.

Brandão faced Katsunori Kikuno on September 27, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 75.[17] He dropped his opponent in the bout's opening seconds and followed up with a flurry of punches earning a TKO stoppage.[18] The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[19]

Brandão faced Brian Ortega on January 2, 2016, at UFC 195.[20] After controlling the first two rounds with his striking, Brandão lost the fight via submission in the third round.[21]

On January 15, 2016, it was announced that Brandao had tested positive for marijuana stemming from an in-competition test on January 2.[22] On April 28, 2016, Brandao was released from the UFC on account of a felony arrest.[23][24]

Fight Nights GlobalEdit

On October 20, 2016, Brandão signed a contract to fight Russian mixed martial artist Rasul Mirzaev.[25] However, on December 3, Mirzaev pulled out of the bout for unknown reason. Brandão defeated Murad Machaev on January 28, 2017, at Fight Nights 58.[26]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
38 matches 24 wins 14 losses
By knockout 14 8
By submission 6 2
By decision 4 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–14 Marcin Held Decision (unanimous) ACA 96: Goncharov vs. Johnson June 8, 2019 3 5:00 Lodz, Poland
Win 24–13 Vener Galiev TKO (doctor stoppage) RCC 5 December 15, 2018 1 0:50 Yekaterinburg, Russia
Loss 23–13 Daron Cruickshank KO (flying knee) Rizin 13 September 30, 2018 2 0:17 Saitama, Japan
Win 23–12 Satoru Kitaoka KO (punches) Rizin 11 July 29, 2018 1 1:38 Saitama, Japan
Loss 22–12 Akhmed Aliev TKO (retirement) Fight Nights Global 73: Aliev vs. Brandão September 4, 2017 2 3:34 Kaspiysk, Russia Brandao exited the cage mid-fight
Win 22–11 Vener Galiev KO (punches) Fight Nights Global 67: Brandão vs. Galiev May 25, 2017 1 0:39 Yekaterinburg, Russia
Win 21–11 Murad Machaev Submission (armbar) Fight Nights Global 58: Brandão vs. Machaev January 28, 2017 2 0:58 Kaspiysk, Russia
Loss 20–11 Brian Ortega Submission (triangle choke) UFC 195 January 16, 2016 3 3:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 20–10 Katsunori Kikuno TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson September 27, 2015 1 0:28 Saitama, Japan Performance of the Night.
Win 19–10 Jimy Hettes TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold April 18, 2015 1 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Loss 18–10 Conor McGregor TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao July 19, 2014 1 4:05 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 18–9 Dustin Poirier KO (punches) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 1 4:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–8 Daniel Pineda Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 17–8 Pablo Garza Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 1 3:27 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 16–8 Joey Gambino Decision (unanimous) UFC 153 October 13, 2012 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 15–8 Darren Elkins Decision (unanimous) UFC 146 May 26, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–7 Dennis Bermudez Submission (armbar) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale December 3, 2011 1 4:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 14 Featherweight Tournament. Submission of the Night. Fight of the Night.
Win 14–7 Nick Buschman KO (flying knee and punches) ECSC - Friday Night Fights 2 February 11, 2011 1 2:14 Clovis, New Mexico, United States
Win 13–7 Richard Villa Submission (rear-naked choke) Jackson's MMA Series 3 December 18, 2010 2 3:31 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 12–7 Michael Casteel KO (punch) ECSC - Evolution 1 October 30, 2010 1 0:30 Clovis, New Mexico, United States
Loss 11-7 Ururahy Rodrigues Decision (Unanimous) UWC-Judgement Day May 22, 2010 3 5:00 Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Win 11–6 Derek Campos Decision (split) KOK 8 - The Uprising February 27, 2010 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 10–6 Gert Kocani TKO (punches) RIE 2 - Battle at the Burg 2 January 30, 2010 2 3:30 Penn Laird, Virginia, United States
Loss 10–5 Ran Weathers TKO (punch) SWC 7 - Discountenance June 20, 2009 1 2:56 Frisco, Texas, United States
Win 10–4 Fernando Vieira TKO (punches) Mr. Cage 2 March 27, 2009 2 3:31 Manaus, Brazil
Win 9–4 James King Submission (rear-naked choke) KOK 5 - Season's Beatings November 22, 2008 1 1:53 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 8–4 Matt Veach TKO (injury) Pro Battle MMA - Immediate Impact October 4, 2008 2 1:28 Springdale, Arkansas, United States
Win 8–3 Brian Foster KO (punches) TAP Entertainment - Fight Night June 27, 2008 1 1:34 Sallisaw, Oklahoma, United States
Win 7–3 Orlean Smith TKO (punches) Amazon Tribal Kombat 1 March 29, 2008 1 3:18 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 6–3 Jorge Clay Decision (unanimous) Amazon Challenge 2 March 1, 2008 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Win 6–2 Fabiano Silva Decision (split) Amazon Challenge September 29, 2007 3 5:00 Manaus, Brazil
Win 5–2 Juarez Harles KO (punch) Amazon Challenge September 29, 2007 1 1:27 Manaus, Brazil
Win 4–2 Arilson Paixao TKO (punches) Cassino Fight 4 September 15, 2007 1 2:11 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 3–2 Ronys Torres TKO (punches) Cassino Fight 3 April 21, 2007 2 N/A Brazil
Loss 3–1 Daniel Trindade Submission (rear-naked choke) Roraima Combat 3 April 1, 2007 3 2:25 Boa Vista, Brazil
Win 3–0 Jorge Dalton TKO (punches) Manaus Moderna Fight March 28, 2007 1 N/A Manaus, Brazil
Win 2–0 Elifrank Cariolano TKO (punches) Cassino Fight December 16, 2006 1 3:41 Manaus, Brazil
Win 1–0 Michel Addario Submission (choke) Mega Combat Vale Tudo October 1, 2005 3 3:20 Belém, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Bryan Caraway KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller November 16, 2011 (airdate) 1 4:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Semi-finals.
Win 2–0 Steven Siler KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller November 2, 2011 (airdate) 1 0:30 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarter-finals.
Win 1–0 Jesse Newell KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller September 21, 2011 (airdate) 1 0:47 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Barnett vs. Nelson". Archived from the original on August 23, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Diego Brandao - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Darren Elkins Faces Off With Diego Brandao At UFC 146". February 23, 2012.
  5. ^ "Diego Brandao: I'm fighting Joey Gambino at UFC 153". July 30, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-02.
  6. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 9 adds Brandao-Garza". February 12, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-11-10.. Brandão defeated Garza on UFC on FUEL TV 9 via first round submission with an arm triangle choke
  7. ^ Staff (2013-06-05). "Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston". Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  8. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2013-09-19). "UFC 168 gets Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao". Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Staff. "Diego Brandao vs. Will Chope targeted for UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil". Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  10. ^ "UPDATE: Will Chope-Diego Brandao fight canceled after Chope abuse report goes public". March 22, 2014.
  11. ^ Ivan Raupp (2014-04-08). "Diego Brandão enfrenta o estreante Brian Ortega no TUF Brasil 3 Finale (Brazilian Portuguese)". Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  12. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-05-19). "Diego Brandao injured, TUF: Brazil 3 Finale bout with Brian Ortega scratched". Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  13. ^ Tim Burke (2014-06-03). "Cole Miller out of bout with Conor McGregor, Diego Brandao will replace him". Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  14. ^ Staff (2014-11-05). "Jimy Hettes meets Diego Brandao at UFC 183". Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  15. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-01-31). "Medical issue for Jimy Hettes scratches fight with Diego Brandao from UFC 183 prelims". Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  16. ^ Staff (2015-02-23). "Jimy Hettes vs. Diego Brandao rebooked for UFC on FOX 15 in New Jersey". Retrieved 2015-02-23.
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2014-08-07). "Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego Brandao set for UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan". Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  18. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2014-09-26). "UFC Fight Night 75 results: Diego Brandao brutalizes Katsunori Kikuno in 28 seconds". Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  19. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-09-27). "UFC Fight Night Japan bonuses: Hall, Barnett, Brandao, Nakamura garner $50K". Retrieved 2015-09-27.
  20. ^ Staff (2015-11-14). "Brian Ortega vs. Diego Brandao added to UFC 195 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  21. ^ Steven Marrocoo (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Brian Ortega's sick jiu-jitsu leads to triangle choke of Diego Brandao". Retrieved 2016-01-02.
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  23. ^ Marc Raimoni (April 28, 2016). "Diego Brandao released by the UFC following felony arrest". MMA Fighting.
  24. ^ Marcelo Alonso (April 28, 2016). "UFC Releases 'The Ultimate Fighter 14' winner Diego Brandao".
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  27. ^ "The Best Submissions Of 2017 Are ..." Retrieved 2017-12-25.

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