May 27, 1987|
|Other names||DB, Ceara|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||69 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Antonio, Texas|
|Team||Jackson's Mixed Martial Arts|
|Rank||Second Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Diego Pereira Brandão (born May 27, 1987) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Featherweight division of Fight Nights Global. Fighting professionally since 2005, he formerly competed for the UFC, and was the winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.
Mixed martial arts career
Brandão 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, Brandão had 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 Championship
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 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".
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. 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. 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.
Brandão was expected to face promotional newcomer Brian Ortega on May 31, 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale. 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.
Brandão was expected to face Jimy Hettes on January 31, 2015, at UFC 183. 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. Subsequently, the bout with Hettes was rescheduled for April 18, 2015, at UFC on Fox 15. 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. He dropped his opponent in the bout's opening seconds and followed up with a flurry of punches earning a TKO stoppage. The win also earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
On January 15, 2016, it was announced that Brandao had tested positive for marijuana stemming from an in-competition test on January 2. On April 28, 2016, Brandao was released from the UFC on account of a felony arrest.
Fight Nights Global
On October 20, 2016, Brandão signed a contract for fight with Russian MMA superstar Rasul Mirzaev. However, on December 3, Mirzaev pulled out of the bout due to an unknown cause. Brandão defeated Murad Machaev on January 28, 2017, at Fight Nights 58.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||22 wins||13 losses|
|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 record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|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.|
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