Carlos Diego Ferreira

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Carlos Diego Ferreira
Born (1985-01-18) January 18, 1985 (age 34)
Careiro da Várzea, Amazonas, Brazil
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
StyleBJJ, Judo, Boxing
Fighting out ofPharr, Texas, United States
TeamTeam Ferreira
ATOS Jiu-Jitsu
Fortis MMA[2]
Rank     3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout3
By submission6
By decision5
By knockout1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Carlos Diego Ferreira (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,[4] and vacated the championship in May 2014 to sign with UFC.[5]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Born in Careiro da Várzea, Amazonas, Brazil, Ferreira grew up playing soccer and started training Brazilian jiu-jitsu at age 10. He moved to the United States in 2008 and embarked on a mixed martial arts career a year later.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] Ferreira would vacate the title in May 2014, when he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In his debut, Ferreira faced Colton Smith at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens on June 28, 2014.[9] He won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke),[10] winning a Performance of the Night bonus for the victory.[11]

For his second fight in the promotion, Ferreira faced Ramsey Nijem at UFC 177 on August 30, 2014.[12] He won the back and forth battle via technical knockout due to punches,[13] winning another bonus (this time as Fight of the Night).[14]

Ferreira next faced Beneil Dariush on October 25, 2014 at UFC 179.[15] Dariush won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Ferreira faced Dustin Poirier on April 4, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 63.[17] He lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[18]

Ferreira faced Olivier Aubin-Mercier on January 30, 2016 at UFC on Fox 18.[19] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

Ferreira was expected to face Abel Trujillo on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88.[21] 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.[22] He was replaced by promotional newcomer Jordan Rinaldi.[23]

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.[24]

Ferreira faced Jared Gordon on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros.[25] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[26]

Ferreira was expected to face John Makdessi on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231.[27] However, on November 28, 2018, it was reported that Makdessi was removed from the card and was replaced by Jesse Ronson.[28] 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.[29] Ronson was replaced by newcomer Kyle Nelson.[30] Ferreira won the fight via TKO in the second round.[31]

Ferreira is expected to face Rustam Khabilov on February 23, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 145.[32]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 Middleweight bout.
Win 1–0 Joseph Daily Decision (split) STFC 15 April 15, 2011 3 3:00 McAllen, Texas, United States


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Mendes vs. Lamas". Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  2. ^ John Morgan (December 4, 2018). "With little time to plan for late opponent change, Diego Ferreira ready to just bang it out at UFC 231".
  3. ^ "Diego Ferreira – Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Zane Simon (March 22, 2014) UFC signs Carlos Diego Ferreira and Alexis Dufresne.
  6. ^ Staff. "Carlos Diego Ferreira". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  7. ^ STFC 15: Nature of the Beast Official Results. April 2011
  8. ^ Legacy FC 25 results: Ferreira wrestles lightweight title from hero Patino. MMAjunkie. November 16, 2013
  9. ^ Jesse Holland (March 21, 2014) Colton Smith vs Carlos Diego Ferreira on tap for UFC Fight Night event on June 28 in San Antonio.
  10. ^ Dann Stupp (June 28, 2014) UFC Fight Night 44 results: Carlos Diego Ferreira taps Colton Smith in 38 seconds.
  11. ^ Dave Doyle (June 29, 2014) UFC Fight Night 44 bonuses: Swanson and Stephens claim Fight of the Night.
  12. ^ Dana Becker (July 15, 2014) UFC 177: Ramsey Nijem To Face Carlos Diego Ferreira.
  13. ^ Josh Sanchez (August 30, 2014) UFC 177 results: Carlos Diego Ferreira KOs Ramsey Nijem in Round 2.
  14. ^ Chuck Mindenhall (August 31, 2014) UFC 177 bonuses: Ramsey Nijem and Diego Ferreira take home Fight of the Night.
  15. ^ Staff (September 30, 2014). "Diego Ferreira replaces Alan Patrick at UFC 179 in Brazil". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  16. ^ Andrew Richardson (October 26, 2014). "UFC 179 results recap: Beneil Dariush vs Carlos Diego Ferreira fight review and analysis". Retrieved October 26, 2014.
  17. ^ Staff (January 17, 2015). "Dustin Poirier returns to 155, meets Diego Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 63 in Fairfax, Va". Retrieved January 17, 2015.
  18. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-04-04). "UFC Fight Night 63 results: Dustin Poirier smashes Diego Ferreira in 155 return". Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  19. ^ Staff (2015-12-23). "UFC on FOX 18 gets two new bouts, one injury replacement". Retrieved 2015-12-23.
  20. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-01-30). "Carlos Diego Ferreira takes decision over Olivier Aubin-Mercier". Retrieved 2016-01-30.
  21. ^ Mike Bohn and Matt Erickson (2016-03-19). "UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights". Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  22. ^ Zane Simon (2016-05-13). "Brazilian lightweight fails USADA drug test, removed from UFC Fight Night 88". Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  23. ^ Staff (2016-05-17). "Replacement Jordan Rinaldi meets Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29". Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  24. ^ Damon Martin (2016-12-21). "Carlos Diego Ferreira suspended 17 months for failed drug test". Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  25. ^ "James Vick vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Jared Gordon vs. Diego Ferreira set for UFC Austin - MMA Fighting". Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  26. ^ "UFC Fight Night 126 results: Diego Ferreira impressive with KO of Jared Gordon after two years off". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  27. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-10-04). "John Makdessi meets Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC 231 in Toronto". Retrieved 2018-10-04. (in Dutch)
  28. ^ "Jesse Ronson returns to the UFC, meets Diego Ferreira at UFC 231". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  29. ^ Newswire, MMA Fighting (2018-12-05). "Jesse Ronson says he was forced to withdraw from UFC 231 for being 'too heavy'". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  30. ^ Lee, Alexander K. (2018-12-05). "Diego Ferreira draws short-notice replacement Kyle Nelson for UFC 231". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  31. ^ "UFC 231: Diego Ferreira relies on experience to finish Kyle Nelson via round 2 TKO". FanSided. 2018-12-08. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  32. ^ Dorff, Marcel (2019-01-18). "Rustam Khabilov vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira added to UFC Prague". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2019-01-18.
  33. ^ "Carlos Diego Ferreira MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography -". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-28.

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