Report: Diego Brandao Arrested After Allegedly Hitting Strip Club Employee with Gun

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 16, 2016
UFC featherweight Diego Brandao was arrested on Friday night in Albuquerque, N.M., after allegedly hitting a strip club employee with a gun.

According to a report from the Albuquerque Journal, Brandao argued with a DJ at Knockouts, which is located in downtown Albuquerque, before leaving the club. After he was denied re-entry, Brandao “attempted to force his way in throwing punches,” police said.

Brandao then left again before allegedly returning with a gun. The fighter then pointed the gun at three men standing outside the club, one of which was a Knockouts employee. Brandao then reportedly struck the employee with the butt of the gun, pointed the weapon at the group and returned to his vehicle.

According to Bernalillo Country Metropolitan Detention Center online records, Brandao was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and willful assault with a deadly weapon.

Brandao, who trains at Jackson-Wink MMA, last competed at UFC 195 in Las Vegas on Jan. 2, when he was submitted in the third round by Brian Ortega. He tested positive for marijuana metabolites during an in-competition drug test prior to that defeat; in competition in Nevada is defined as 12 hours before and after a fight. He received a temporary suspension and is supposed to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission for further discipline at a future hearing.


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