UFC releases Diego Brandao

The UFC has cut ties with featherweight Diego Brandao two weeks after the Brazilian slugger was arrested for assaulting a strip club employee with a gun, Sherdog reports.

Brandao was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico earlier this month after allegedly assaulting strip club employees with his fists and a gun. The alleged assault followed an argument with the establishment’s DJ. Brandao, who briefly left the club before returning, was not allowed back in because of his behavior. Brandao pointed the gun at the employees before returning to his car and leaving.

There is no word on what sort of punishment Brandao faces if found guilty.

The incident comes just a few months after Brandao was flagged for a potential USADA violation. Brandao was issued a temporary suspension for the potential infraction, which stemmed from the presence of marijuana metabolites in a post-fight drug test at UFC 195 in January.

The Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA fighter first broke onto the scene during his stint on The Ultimate Fighter 14 in late 2011. The Brazilian fighter stormed past most of the competition featured in that season before stopping Dennis Bermudez via first-round submission at TUF 14 Finale. Brandao went on to step into the Octagon 10 times before his release, authoring 6-4 record along the way. “DB” dropped contests to UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier while earning victories over the likes of Katsunori Kikuno and Pablo Garza.

The UFC has yet to publicly comment on the matter, though it confirmed the news of the release to MMA Fighting shortly after the initial Sherdog report.


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