UFC delivers statement on Diego Brandao's arrest

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Diego Brandao, part of UFC's featherweight division was arrested in Albuquerque on Friday. The incident took place in a downtown strip club. 

The Albuquerque Journal reports that before leaving the strip club, Brandao actually argued with one of the DJ's. Shortly after leaving, he decided to come back. He returned and attempted to get in by throwing punches at the security working the venue, when this didn't work he left once again. 

In quite a shocking turn of events, the fighter reportedly came back once more and this time brought a gun with him in an attempt to threaten the security guards to re-admit him into the venue.


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Instead of shooting the gun he opted to hit a member of the security with the firearm before going to his vehicle and making an exit from the venue. 

The online records of the Bernalillo Country Metropolitan Detention Center state that Brandao was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and willful assault with a deadly weapon.

The arrest isn't the only trouble that Brandao has found himself in recently. He is supposed to be appearing in front of the Nevada Atheltic Commission for disciplinary measures following him testing positive for marijuana metabolites during a drug test prior to his UFC 195 fight against Brian Ortega on January 2.

The situation with Brandao has prompted the Ultimate Fighting Championship company to produce this statement: “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.”

As of April 17, UFC is treating the news as just allegations. They made a point of stating that they are indeed concerned about the nature of them but are allowing the case to go to court before making judgements on the fighter's contract status. As the case comes closer to court, it's expected that the UFC will make another statement.

The arrest comes as a blow to the UFC with its fighters expected to upstand a measure of professionalism which if these allegations are found to be true, Brandao would not have done. 

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