May 27, 1987 |
|Other names||DB, Ceara|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||151.5 lb (68.7 kg; 10.82 st)|
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Team||Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Diego Pereira Brandao (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
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.
The Ultimate Fighter
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
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 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. 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. 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.
Championships & accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||18 wins||9 losses|
|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|
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- Staff. "Diego Brandao vs. Will Chope targeted for UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
- "UPDATE: Will Chope-Diego Brandao fight canceled after Chope abuse report goes public". msn.foxsports.com. March 22, 2014.
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