Diego Saraiva

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Diego Saraiva
Born (1982-04-23) April 23, 1982 (age 35)
Fortaleza, Brazil
Other names The Octopus
Nationality Brazilian
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
Reach 66.0 in (168 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Team Saraiva MMA
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu[2]
Years active 2001-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 40
Wins 20
By knockout 3
By submission 13
By decision 4
Losses 19
By knockout 4
By decision 15
Draws 1
Other information
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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In his third fight with the promotion, Saraiva faced Jeremy Stephens at UFC 76 on September 22, 2007. Saraiva lost the bout via unanimous decision, and was subsequently released from the promotion.

Bellator MMA[edit]

Saraiva made his Bellator debut on May 20, 2010, facing former Bellator Featherweight Championship Joe Soto in a non-title bout at Bellator 19.[5] He lost the fight via cut-stoppage TKO after the first round.

Post-Bellator career[edit]

Saraiva faced UFC vet Eddie Yagin in a rematch at Tachi Palace Fights 19: Throwback Thursday on June 19, 2014.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[7]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC 76: Knockout". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Diego Saraiva's Official UFC Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Dustin Hazelett vs. Diego Saraiva". Tapology.com. 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  4. ^ "UFC 73 Stacked: Saraiva vs. Gurgel". espn.go.com. 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ TPF 19 - Throwback Thursday card, from Sherdog.com
  7. ^ "Christos Giagos Claims Lightweight Title, Olaf Alonso Falls in Return at TPF 19". sherdog.com. 2014-06-19. Retrieved 2014-06-20. 

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