As if Jon Jones hasn’t been a big enough PR nightmare for the UFC, in steps Jones’ Jackson/Winkeljohn teammate Diego Brandao (pictured).
Brandao was arrested Friday and hit with on four felony counts, including one for assault with great bodily harm and three for assault with a deadly weapon following a Thursday morning strip club brawl.
Brandao was released from the Metropolitan Detention Center on Saturday after posting a $15,000 bond. The UFC issued a generic, and all too familiar, statement shortly after the incident hit the Internet.
“We are aware that UFC featherweight Diego Brandao was arrested Friday following an altercation at a business establishment in Albuquerque, N.M. We are in the process of gathering more information at this time,” the UFC expressed. “While we are concerned by the nature of the reported allegations, it is important to note that Brandao is entitled to due process in a court of law.
“We will have no further comment until more information can be gathered.”
Baranao’s arrest warrant has been made available (courtesy of MMAJunkie.com), and let’s just say it does not look good for the troubled featherweight.
The warrant states an intoxicated Brandao had been arguing with the DJ before leaving Knockouts, a downtown Albuquerque gentleman’s club. When he attempted to return, bouncers denied him entry. That’s when Brandao allegedly got physical and started trying to punch his way back in past four employees – three bounces and the DJ.
The employees managed to shove Brandao out of the facility and locked the door.
Well, that was embarrassing. Time to call it a night and go home. That’s what you’d think Brandao’s thought bubble would say. Instead, Brandao reportedly drove his car out of the premises, parked it at a nearby corner and returned with a gun.
Brandao allegedly pointed the gun a the bounces, including to the face of one bouncer who Brandao struck in the chin with the butt of his firearm, who returned to their posts outside of the strip club after they thought Brandao was headed home.
Thankfully, Brandao retreated back to his car and didn’t pop off any shots. However, that was not before reportedly turning back around to point the gun at the three bounces for one final time.
The Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office has 10 days to decide whether or not they intend to pursue a case against Brandao.
Brandao was last seen losing to Brian Ortega in January at UFC 195. The 28-year-old subsequently flunked his in-competition drug test for marijuana metabolites and is facing a one-year suspension. Although, it appears Brandao’s love for weed is the least of his worries at this moment.