Two weeks after being arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault, MMA fighter Diego Brandao has been released from his contract with the UFC.
Although the UFC themselves are yet to announce the move officially, Fox Sports, citing sources with knowledge of the situation, are reporting that the Brazilian was let go by the organisation on Thursday in a move that is likely a response to an incident at a strip club earlier this month.
Brandao, the winner of season 14 of 'The Ultimate Fighter', is alleged to have 'pistol-whipped' an employee after an argument at a club called Knockouts in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 14 in which he fought with three bouncers.
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According to reports at the time, Brandao pointed a gun at one employee and hit another with the butt of his gun before leaving the scene in his car.
Reacting to the incident at the time, the UFC appeared to be willing to wait until the incident had made its way through the courts. Per MMA Junkie, the organisation said they would not rush into any decision before more information had been gathered.
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A fortnight on from the alleged assault, it appears that information has led to the 28-year-old's departure from the UFC.
Brandao's actions at a strip club in New Mexico aren't the only red flags against his name recently, however.
The featherweight fighter is still facing potential punishment stemming from a failed drugs test in the aftermath of his UFC 195 fight against Brian Ortega back in January. He tested positive for marijuana.
That bout at the turn of the year - one that ended in a third-round submission defeat - has now proved to be Brandao's last in the UFC and, per reports, is said to have contributed to his release.
The 5' 7" fighter leaves UFC having compiled a 6-4 record over the past four-and-a-half years.
He collected 'Fighter of the Night', 'Performance of the Night' and 'Submission of the Night' once each during his 10-fight UFC career, but had lost three of his last five fights and had only appeared on three match cards since losing to Conor McGregor at a UFC Fight Night event way back in July 2014.
Ultimately, it looks like, Brandao's failure to hit the heights inside the octagon coupled with his run in with the law away from UFC left Dana White and co. feeling there was no value in keeping the Brazilian on their books.
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