Carlos Diego Ferreira
|Carlos Diego Ferreira|
|Born||Carlos Diego Ferreira Neves|
January 18, 1985
Careiro da Várzea, Amazonas, Brazil
|Residence||Pharr, Texas, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Pharr, Texas|
|Team||Team Ferreira |
|Rank||3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Nogi World Jiu-Jitsu Championship|
|2008 California, USA||-79.5 kg|
|2009 California, USA||-79.5 kg|
|Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship|
|2009 California, USA||-82 kg|
Carlos Diego Ferreira Neves (born January 18, 1985) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the former Legacy FC lightweight champion, and vacated the championship in May 2014 to sign with UFC.As of November 16, 2020, he is #9 in the UFC lightweight rankings.
Mixed martial arts career
Born in Careiro da Várzea, Amazonas, Brazil, Ferreira grew up playing soccer, and his first martial art was capoeira. At the age of 10 Ferreira started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He moved to the United States in 2008 to make a career out of jiu-jitsu like his idol Ronaldo Souza. Despite faring fairly well in jiu-jitsu competition, he never captured gold in big tournaments and was forced to start teaching the sport to make a living. Subsequently Ferreira made his professional mixed martial arts debut on April 15, 2011, when he faced Joseph Daily at STFC 15. He won the fight via split decision. Following this, Ferreira would compile an undefeated record of 9–0, also capturing the Legacy FC Lightweight Championship from Jorge Patino at Legacy FC 25. Ferreira would vacate the title in May 2014, when he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
In his debut, Ferreira faced Colton Smith at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens on June 28, 2014. He won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke), winning a Performance of the Night bonus for the victory.
For his second fight in the promotion, Ferreira faced Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177 on August 30, 2014. He won the back and forth battle via technical knockout due to punches, winning another bonus (this time as Fight of the Night).
Ferreira was expected to face Abel Trujillo on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88. However, Ferreira was removed from the fight on May 13 after it was announced that he had been flagged for a potential anti-doping policy violation. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Jordan Rinaldi.
On December 21, 2016 Ferreira accepted a 17-month sanction by the US Anti-Doping Agency for an anti-doping violation after declaring the use of a product that listed and contained a prohibited substance, and testing positive for another prohibited substance.
Ferreira was expected to face John Makdessi on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231. However, on November 28, 2018, it was reported that Makdessi was removed from the card and was replaced by Jesse Ronson. However, on December 4, 2018. It was announced that Ronson was pulled out of the fight due to being too heavy to safely make Lightweight and was released from UFC. Ronson was replaced by newcomer Kyle Nelson. Ferreira won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Ferreira faced Rustam Khabilov on February 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 145. At the weigh-ins, Ferreira weighted at 157 pounds, 1 pound and over the lightweight non-title fight limit of 156. He was fined 20% of his purse which went to his opponent Khabilov. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Ferreira was scheduled to face Francisco Trinaldo on May 11, 2019 at UFC 237. However, Ferreira was forced out of the bout on weigh-in day as he was deemed medically unfit due to a weight cutting issue. As a result, the bout was cancelled.
Ferreira was scheduled to face Drew Dober on May 2, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Weidman. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date The bout with Dober was rescheduled and was expected to take place on November 7, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira. In turn, Ferreira pulled out on October 22 due to an illness.
Championships and accomplishments
- Legacy Fighting Championship
- Legacy FC Lightweight Championship (one time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||17 wins||2 losses|
|Win||17–2||Anthony Pettis||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 246||January 18, 2020||2||1:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||16–2||Mairbek Taisumov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 242||September 7, 2019||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Win||15–2||Rustam Khabilov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Santos||February 23, 2019||3||5:00||Prague, Czech Republic||Catchweight (157 lbs) bout; Ferreira missed weight.|
|Win||14–2||Kyle Nelson||TKO (punches)||UFC 231||December 8, 2018||2||1:23||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||13–2||Jared Gordon||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros||February 18, 2018||1||1:58||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||12–2||Olivier Aubin-Mercier||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader||January 30, 2016||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Dustin Poirier||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Mendes vs. Lamas||April 4, 2015||1||3:45||Fairfax, Virginia, United States|
|Loss||11–1||Beneil Dariush||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 179||October 25, 2014||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||11–0||Ramsey Nijem||TKO (punches)||UFC 177||August 30, 2014||2||1:53||Sacramento, California, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||10–0||Colton Smith||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens||June 28, 2014||1||0:38||San Antonio, Texas United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||9–0||Jorge Patino||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 25||November 15, 2013||5||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Won the Legacy FC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Chris Feist||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 24||October 11, 2013||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||7–0||Carlo Prater||Decision (unanimous)||Legacy FC 20||May 31, 2013||3||5:00||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–0||Danny Salinas||Submission (rear-naked choke)||STFC 24: Bad Blood||February 22, 2013||2||1:41||McAllen, Texas, United States||Won the STFC Lightweight Championship.|
|Win||5–0||Jorge Cortez||Submission (kimura)||STFC 23: Ferreira vs. Cortez||December 7, 2012||1||0:43||McAllen, Texas, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||4–0||Travonne Hobbs||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UWF: Tournament of Warriors Finale||June 30, 2012||2||1:57||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||3–0||Hector Muñoz||Submission (armbar)||UWF: Tournament of Warriors Round 1||May 4, 2012||1||3:38||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Win||2–0||Clint Roberts||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UWF 1: Huerta vs. War Machine||November 26, 2011||2||0:39||Pharr, Texas, United States|
|Win||1–0||Joseph Daily||Decision (split)||STFC 15||April 15, 2011||3||3:00||McAllen, Texas, United States||Middleweight debut.|
- UFC 246 results
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- STFC 15: Nature of the Beast Official Results. mixedmartialarts.com. April 2011
- Legacy FC 25 results: Ferreira wrestles lightweight title from hero Patino. MMAjunkie. November 16, 2013
- Jesse Holland (March 21, 2014) Colton Smith vs Carlos Diego Ferreira on tap for UFC Fight Night event on June 28 in San Antonio. mmamania.com
- Dann Stupp (June 28, 2014) UFC Fight Night 44 results: Carlos Diego Ferreira taps Colton Smith in 38 seconds. mmajunkie.com
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- Dana Becker (July 15, 2014) UFC 177: Ramsey Nijem To Face Carlos Diego Ferreira. fightline.com
- Josh Sanchez (August 30, 2014) UFC 177 results: Carlos Diego Ferreira KOs Ramsey Nijem in Round 2. fansided.com
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- "James Vick vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Jared Gordon vs. Diego Ferreira set for UFC Austin - MMA Fighting". www.mmafighting.com. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
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- "UFC 231: Diego Ferreira relies on experience to finish Kyle Nelson via round 2 TKO". FanSided. December 8, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
- Dorff, Marcel (January 18, 2019). "Rustam Khabilov vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira added to UFC Prague". mmadna.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- Staff (February 22, 2019). "UFC on ESPN+ 3 weigh-in results: Two fighters miss, but card official". mmajunkie. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
- "UFC Prague results: Diego Ferreira shuts down Rustam Khabilov". MMAjunkie. February 23, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
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- Farah Hannoun (November 25, 2019). "Anthony Pettis moves back to lightweight, meets Diego Ferreira at Jan. 18 UFC event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
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- David Tees (March 10, 2020). "Diego Ferreira faces Drew Dober at UFC Fight Night Oklahoma City". fightful.com. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
- Brett Okamoto (April 9, 2020). "Dana White says UFC 249 will not happen April 18". espn.com. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
- David Tees (September 12, 2020). "Diego Ferreira faces Drew Dober on November 7 UFC card". fightful.com. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
- Blaine Henry (October 22, 2020). "Diego Ferreira out of Drew Dober fight due to illness". mymmanews.com. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
- Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin (November 29, 2020). "UFC books Beneil Dariush vs. Diego Ferreira rematch for Feb. 6". mmafighting.com. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
- UFC 246 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 2. January 14, 2020. Event occurs at 2min 9s.
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