UFC Fires Diego Brandao Following Felony Arrest

Written by Tom Ngo
April 28th, 2016

UFC Diego Brandao

The UFC has cut Diego Brandao (pictured) after the troubled featherweight was charged earlier this month with 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.

Sherdog.com first reported Brandao’s release, though the UFC has yet to officially address Brandao’s emloyment status with the promotion. Brandao’s fighter profile is still currently on UFC.com.

After Brandao’s arrest, the UFC issued a generic statement expressing their concern for “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.”

Well, it appears the UFC gathered more than enough info to decide it was best to sever ties with “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner.

According to the arrest warrant, 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.

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.

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.

Brandao owns a 20-11 professional record, going 6-4 since joining the UFC in 2011.

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