Diego Brandao

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Diego Brandao
Diego Brandao BJJ.png
Born (1987-05-27) May 27, 1987 (age 26)
Fortaleza, Brazil
Other names DB, Ceara
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 151.5 lb (68.7 kg; 10.82 st)
Division Featherweight
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)
Style Muay Thai
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Team Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 27
Wins 18
By knockout 9
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 9
By knockout 5
By submission 1
By decision 3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Diego Pereira Brandao[1] (born May 27, 1987) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently fighting in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Fighting professionally since 2005, Brandao has made a name for himself fighting in the United States and in his home country of Brazil. He was the winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.

Mixed Martial Arts Career[edit]

Turning Pro[edit]

Brandao made his MMA debut against Michel Bastos which he won via submission. He went 3-1 before fighting against UFC veteran Ronys Torres. He lost the fight by TKO due to punches. He got his biggest win to date against longtime UFC veteran Brian Foster in which he won by highlight reel KO in the first round. After that win he went 6-4 with 3 wins by KO, 2 by submission, and 1 by decision before signing with the UFC.

Diego Brandao later became a permanent member of Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and now managed by New Idea Sports & Marketing.[2]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

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

Brandao 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. Brandao defeated Caraway via KO due to a flying knee and follow up punches late in the first round. With the win over Caraway, Brandao moved on to the finale against Dennis Bermudez.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Brandao 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 Brandao 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, Brandao was awarded Fight of the Night as well as Submission 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".

Brandao fought Darren Elkins on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146.[3] Brandão lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Brandao fought and defeated Joey Gambino on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153[4] via unanimous decision.

Brandao faced Pablo Garza on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[5] He won the fight via first round submission.

Brandao faced Daniel Pineda on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[6] He won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Brandao 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 Diego had threatened to, "Stab me in the neck." Brandao weighed in at 153 pounds, seven pounds over the accepted 146-pound limit for a featherweight non-title fight. Brandao 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.[7] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Brandao was expected to face Will Chope on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[8] 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.[9]

Brandao is expected to face promotional newcomer Brian Ortega on May 31, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.[10]

Championships & accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–9 Dustin Poirier KO (punches) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 1 4:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 151.5 lb catchweight bout; Brandao missed weight
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, 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 14 Finale December 3, 2011 1 4:51 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 14, Submission of the Night, Fight of the Night
Win 14–7 Nick Buschman KO (flying knee & 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 8 - Judgment 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 KO (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 Cassino Fight 3 April 21, 2007 2 N/A Amazonas, Brazil
Loss 3–1 Daniel Trindade Submission (rear naked choke) Roraima Combat 3 April 1, 2007 3 2:25 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 Bastos Submission Mega Combat Vale Tudo October 1, 2005 3 3:20 Belém, Brazil

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/2011%20Results%20Web/TUF%20SEASON%2014.pdf
  2. ^ "New Idea Sports". Newideasports.com. 2013-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Darren Elkins Faces Off With Diego Brandao At UFC 146". bloodyelbow.com. February 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Diego Brandao: I'm fighting Joey Gambino at UFC 153". mmajunkie.com. July 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 9 adds Brandao-Garza". mmajunkie.com. February 12, 2013. . Brandao defeated Pablo Garza on UFC on FUEL TV 9 with an Arm Triange Choke
  6. ^ Staff (2013-06-05). "Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda added to UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 
  7. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2013-09-19). "UFC 168 gets Dustin Poirier vs. Diego Brandao". mmafighting.com. Retrieved September 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Diego Brandao vs. Will Chope targeted for UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  9. ^ "UPDATE: Will Chope-Diego Brandao fight canceled after Chope abuse report goes public". msn.foxsports.com. March 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ Ivan Raupp (2014-04-08). "Diego Brandão enfrenta o estreante Brian Ortega no TUF Brasil 3 Finale (Brazilian Portuguese)". sportv.globo.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08.