UFC ‘Concerned by Nature of Reported Allegations’ Against Featherweight Diego Brandao

By Sherdog.com Staff Apr 18, 2016

Ultimate Fighting Championship is “concerned” but reserving judgment on the situation involving featherweight competitor Diego Brandao.

Brandao, 28, was arrested last Friday night in Albuquerque, N.M., after an altercation at a strip club allegedly saw the Brazilian-born fighter throw punches before hitting an employee with a gun.

In a statement released on Sunday, UFC officials said that the company is currently gathering information on the situation. The full statement read as follows:

“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.

“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.”

Brandao, who was submitted by Brian Ortega in his most recent outing at UFC 195, was last month issued a temporary suspension for a failed drug test. He is scheduled to appear before the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday to address the suspension.


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