Diego Ferreira

Brazil

Losing streak hits three
LightweightUFC
December 18, 2021
Ferreira lost to Mateusz Gamrot via TKO (verbal submission) at 3:26 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira was on the verge of title-implicating fights at 155 pounds as recently as this past February, but it's all fallen apart on him since. This was probably the most concerning effort to date. In a fight which lasted less than nine minutes, the Brazilian allowed four successful takedowns to Gamrot on seven attempts . It marked the third straight fight in which Ferreira has allowed that many tries, as the book on how to attack him is clearly out. The stoppage came when Ferreira yelled and waved his hand at referee Jason Herzog following a knee to the body, but it took a few seconds before Herzog realized Diego was pulling the plug. Ferreira may get another chance due to fact he has been with the UFC since June 2014, but he turns 37 years of age next month and has zero upside at this point.
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Fighting Gamrot in December
LightweightUFC
November 9, 2021
Ferreira (undisclosed) has agreed to fight Mateusz Gamrot in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Dec. 18, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira withdrew from his scheduled matchup with Grant Dawson in early October due to injury, though he's now healthy and will attempt to avoid going 0-3 in 2021. Gamrot suffered his first professional loss during his UFC debut in October 2020, but he's rebounded this year with wins over Scott Holtzman (KO) and Jeremy Stephens (submission).
WD's with injury
LightweightUFC
September 8, 2021
Ferreira has withdrawn from his Oct. 2 bout with Grant Dawson due to an undisclosed injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This would have been Ferreira's third fight of 2021, but injury has gotten in his way. Ferreira dropped both of those bouts to Beneil Dariush and Gregor Gillespie. It's unclear at this point if Dawson will remain on the cart.
Set for Oct. 2 bout
LightweightUFC
July 2, 2021
Ferreira will square off against Grant Dawson on the UFC's Oct. 2 card, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira fell via TKO in the second round of his fight with Gregor Gillespie in May, marking his second consecutive defeat after submitting the previously unbeaten Anthony Pettis back in January of 2020. Things don't get any easier against Dawson, who enters the fight with a perfect 5-0-0 record since getting a contract via the Contender Series.
Second loss in three months
LightweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Ferreira lost to Gregor Gillespie via TKO (strikes) at 4:51 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 24 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's been a disastrous past 36 hours for Ferreira. After missing weight by a whopping 4.5 pounds on Friday morning, the Brazilian ended up forfeiting 30 percent of his purse to Gillespie only to be stopped late in Round 2. Diego actually appeared to be in full control during the later stages of the first frame, but he quickly faded as the second frame began while Gillespie got stronger. To add insult to injury, he'll miss out on a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus due to missing weight (that money instead goes to Gillespie). One of the lightweight division's most underrated fighters, Ferreira has now lost twice in the span of the past three months. There is zero room for error moving forward considering Ferreira turned 36 years of age this past January.
Fight still on
LightweightUFC
May 7, 2021
Ferreira's lightweight bout against Gregor Gillespie will go on as planned, but Ferreira will be fined for missing weight by 4.5 pounds, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira will forfeit 30 percent of his purse to Gillespie after weighing in at 160.5 pounds. Ferreira will attempt to return to the win column after he lost to Beneil Dariush via split decision in February.