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Diego Brandão Released By UFC Following Alleged Assault

SAITAMA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 27: in their featherweight bout during the UFC event at the Saitama Super Arena on September 27, 2015 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Mitch Viquez/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Diego Brandão’s year just got a whole lot worse.

The former Ultimate Fighter contestant was arrested outside a strip club in Albuquerque, New Mexico two weeks ago having allegedly pulled a gun and assaulted an employee of the venue in question.

At the time, the UFC released a statement saying:

“While we are concerned by the nature of the reported allegations, it is important to note that Brandão is entitled to due process in a court of law.

“We will have no further comment until more information can be gathered.”

Now it would appear that the UFC have enough information about the incident to warrant action being taken, as reports today suggest that they have released Brandão from his contract.

To compound his misery, the 28 year old is also facing a suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission having tested positive for marijuana following his defeat to Brian Ortega at UFC 195 in January. The positive test was itself enough for a temporary ban, but he is due to face the Commission for a full hearing.

in their featherweight bout during the UFC 195 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If and when the UFC confirms the news, it will bring an end the Brazilian’s five year association with the company, having won the Ultimate Fighter 14 in 2011.

His record stands – and will almost certainly now remain – at 6-4.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.