April 23, 1982 |
|Other names||The Octopus|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Reach||66.0 in (168 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Diego Saraiva (born April 23, 1982 in Fortaleza, Ceará) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He competes in the Palace Fighting Championship as well as other promotions in the lightweight and featherweight divisions.
Mixed martial arts career
Diego Saraiva has a professional mixed martial arts record of 21-16-1. He is notable for never having been knocked out or submitted in a fight and his 0-3 run in the UFC. However, Saraiva was undefeated after dropping down to Featherweight, going 4-0 with two stoppages.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Saraiva made his UFC debut against Dustin Hazelett at UFC 67 on February 3, 2007. Though he was the favorite coming into the fight, Saraiva would lose via unanimous decision. He then faced BJJ black belt Jorge Gurgel at UFC 73 on July 7, 2007. Saraiva lost the fight via unanimous decision, but both would earn "Fight of the Night" honors for their performance.
Saraiva made his Bellator debut on May 20, 2010, facing former Bellator Featherweight Championship Joe Soto in a non-title bout at Bellator 19. He lost the fight via cut-stoppage TKO after the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|40 matches||20 wins||19 losses|
|Loss||22-20-1||Nate Landwehr||TKO (punches)||A&A Fight Time Promotions: A Night of Explosions||March 12, 2016||1||4:47||Clarksville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||22–19–1||Jordan Rinaldi||Decision (unanimous)||NFC 75: Saraiva vs. Rinaldi||June 27, 2015||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||22–18–1||Enoch Wilson||Decision (unanimous)||TPF 22: Champions Collide 2||February 5, 2015||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||22–17–1||Shah Bobonis||TKO (punches)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 69||October 25, 2014||1||0:15||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||22–16–1||Eddie Yagin||Decision (unanimous)||TPF 19 - Throwback Thursday||June 19, 2014||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||21–16–1||Ronnie Rogers||Decision (unanimous)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 40||September 23, 2011||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||21–15–1||Ronnie Rogers||Decision (unanimous)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 37||June 18, 2011||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||21–14–1||Jacob Allman||Submission (triangle choke)||Harrah Fight Night||April 29, 2011||2||2:07||Cherokee, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||20–14–1||Marius Cujba||Decision (unanimous)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 34||March 11, 2011||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||20–13–1||Joe Elmore||Submission (armbar)||Wild Bill's Fight Night 33||January 29, 2011||2||3:30||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||19–13–1||Micah Miller||Decision (unanimous)||TPF 5: Stars and Strikes||September 9, 2010||3||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||19–12–1||Joe Soto||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 19||May 20, 2010||1||5:00||Grand Prairie, Texas, United States\|
|Win||19–11–1||David Fuentes||Decision (unanimous)||Sportfight X - Redline Grand Prix Finals||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||18–11–1||Eddie Yagin||TKO (doctor stoppage)||TPF 2: Brawl in the Hall||December 3, 2009||3||3:07||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||17–11–1||Jonathan Mix||Decision (split)||Wild Bill's - Fight Night 23||October 30, 2009||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||16–11–1||Kamrin Naville||Submission (armbar)||Wild Bill's - Fight Night 22||September 12, 2009||1||4:56||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||15–11–1||Farkhad Sharipov||Decision (split)||Wild Bill's - Fight Night 19||April 17, 2009||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||14–11–1||Jorge Evangelista||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PFC 12: High Stakes||January 22, 2009||2||2:39||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||13–11–1||Benson Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||EVO MMA - Evolution MMA||October 4, 2008||3||5:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||13–10–1||Josh Cate||KO (punch)||AFL - Bulletproof||May 30, 2008||1||3:02||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||12–10–1||Brian Cobb||Decision (unanimous)||PFC 8: A Night of Champions||May 8, 2008||5||5:00||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||12–9–1||Joe Ammerman||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AFL: Erupption||March 7, 2008||1||0:58||Lexington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||11–9–1||Poppies Martinez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||PFC 6: No Retreat, No Surrender||January 17, 2008||1||2:08||Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||10–9–1||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 76||September 22, 2007||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||10–8–1||Jorge Gurgel||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 73||July 7, 2007||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Loss||10–7–1||Dustin Hazelett||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 67||February 3, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–6–1||Nate Ford||KO||GFC 1 - First Blood||January 13, 2007||1||1:33||Columbus, Georgia, United States|
|Win||9–6–1||Adam Arredondo||Submission (armbar)||World Extreme Fighting||November 18, 2006||2||N/A||United States|
|Loss||8–6–1||Steve Kinnison||Decision (split)||Wild Bill's - Fight Night 5||November 17, 2006||N/A||N/A||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||8–5–1||Jeremiah Navarro||Submission (armbar)||Wild Bill's - Fight Night 5||November 17, 2006||1||0:37||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||7–5–1||Luke Gwaltney||Submission (triangle choke)||FT 7 - Full Throttle 7||June 10, 2006||3||3:07||Georgia, United States|
|Win||6–5–1||David Derby||Submission (heel hook)||ISCF - Knuckle Up 4||April 28, 2006||1||4:32||Kennesaw, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||5–5–1||Danny Suarez||Decision (unanimous)||WEF - Orleans Arena||April 1, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–4–1||Brandon Bledsoe||Submission (rear-naked choke)||FT 6 - Full Throttle 6||February 11, 2006||1||2:04||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Draw||4–4–1||Ryan Healy||Draw||AFC 14 - Absolute Fighting Championships 14||December 10, 2005||2||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–4||Donnie Nordstrom||Submission (armbar)||FT 5 - Full Throttle 5||November 4, 2005||1||1:44||Georgia, United States|
|Win||3–4||Virgil Strzelecki||Submission (triangle choke)||ISCF - Knuckle Up 1||October 14, 2005||1||N/A||N/A|
|Win||2–4||Brandon Bledsoe||Submission (armbar)||FT 4 - Full Throttle 4||September 9, 2005||1||0:52||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||1–4||Steve Kinnison||Decision (unanimous)||FT 2 - Full Throttle 2||June 3, 2005||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||1–3||Renato Matos||TKO (punches)||ACC 1 - Arena Combat Cup 1||November 6, 2004||1||N/A||Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1–2||Mike Collier||TKO (punches)||ISCF - Friday Night Fights||August 22, 2003||1||2:18||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||0–2||Melvin Guillard||KO (punches)||ISCF - May Madness||May 21, 2003||1||N/A||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Paulo Dantas||Decision (unanimous)||CN 3 - Champions Night 3||October 8, 2001||3||5:00||Brazil|
- "UFC 76: Knockout". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- "Diego Saraiva's Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- "Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva". Tapology.com. 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- "UFC 73 Stacked: Saraiva vs. Gurgel". espn.go.com. 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
- "Featherweight champ Joe Soto meets Diego Saraiva in Bellator 19 non-title fight". MMA Junkie. 2010-03-26. Archived from the original on 2010-03-28. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
- TPF 19 - Throwback Thursday card, from Sherdog.com
- "Christos Giagos Claims Lightweight Title, Olaf Alonso Falls in Return at TPF 19". sherdog.com. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-20.