33 Facts About Diego Brandao


Diego Pereira Brandao was born on 27 May 1987 and is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Lightweight division.

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Diego Brandao was the winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs Team Miller.

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Diego Brandao made his MMA debut against Michel Bastos, winning via submission.

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Diego Brandao then fought longtime UFC veteran Brian Foster and won via KO in the first round.

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Diego Brandao later became a member of Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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In 2011, Diego Brandao signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs Team Miller.

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Diego Brandao was the number one featherweight pick for Team Bisping.

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Diego Brandao proved to be a loose cannon with confrontations with Marcus Brimage and Steven Siler.

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Diego Brandao defeated Caraway via KO due to a flying knee and follow up punches late in the first round.

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Diego Brandao officially made his UFC debut on 3 December 2011, at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale against Dennis Bermudez to determine the first ever featherweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14.

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Diego Brandao fought and defeated Joey Gambino on 13 October 2012, at UFC 153 via unanimous decision.

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Diego Brandao faced Pablo Garza on 6 April 2013, at UFC on Fuel TV 9.

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Diego Brandao faced Daniel Pineda on 17 August 2013, at UFC Fight Night 26.

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Diego Brandao faced Dustin Poirier on 28 December 2013, at UFC 168.

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Diego Brandao would continue to cut weight and weighed in an hour later, but could only get down to 151.

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Diego Brandao was fined 25 percent of his purse, but the bout went on as scheduled.

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Diego Brandao was expected to face Will Chope on 23 March 2014, at UFC Fight Night 38.

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Diego Brandao was expected to face promotional newcomer Brian Ortega on 31 May 2014, at The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale.

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However, Diego Brandao pulled out of the bout in the days leading up to the event citing an injury.

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Diego Brandao faced Conor McGregor on 19 July 2014, at UFC Fight Night 46, replacing an injured Cole Miller.

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Diego Brandao was expected to face Jimy Hettes on 31 January 2015, at UFC 183.

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Diego Brandao was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.

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Diego Brandao won the fight due to a doctor stoppage between the first and second round.

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Diego Brandao faced Katsunori Kikuno on 27 September 2015, at UFC Fight Night 75.

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Diego Brandao dropped his opponent in the bout's opening seconds and followed up with a flurry of punches earning a TKO stoppage.

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On 15 January 2016, it was announced that Diego Brandao had tested positive for marijuana stemming from an in-competition test on 2 January.

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On 28 April 2016, Diego Brandao was released from the UFC on account of a felony arrest.

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On 20 October 2016, Diego Brandao signed a contract to fight Russian mixed martial artist Rasul Mirzaev.

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Diego Brandao defeated Murad Machaev on 28 January 2017, at Fight Nights 58.

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Diego Brandao faced Salman Zhamaldaev on 26 March 2021 at ACA 120: Oliveira vs Bibulatov.

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Diego Brandao rematched Salman Zhamaldaev at ACA 127: Kerefov vs Albaskhanov on 28 August 2021.

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Diego Brandao lost the bout via body shot KO in the second round.

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Diego Brandao won the bout via TKO in the second round with knees and punches.

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