Diego Ferreira

Brazil

Out
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 11/1/2021
WD's with injury
LightweightUFC
Out
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Ferreira has withdrawn from his Oct. 2 bout with Grant Dawson due to an undisclosed injury, MMAJunkie.com reports.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.
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Set for Oct. 2 bout
LightweightUFC
Out
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
Out
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
Out
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.
Misses weight ahead of fight
LightweightUFC
Out
May 7, 2021
Ferreira has missed weight by 4.5 pounds for Saturday's lightweight bout against Gregor Gillespie, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gillespie came in at 156 pounds ahead of the matchup, so Ferreira could be heading for a lighter purse if the fight goes on as planned. However, Gillespie would have to agree to fight a heavy opponent at UFC Vegas 26.
Pegged for May 8 fight
LightweightUFC
Out
April 13, 2021
Ferreira will take on Gregor Gillespie on the May 8 card, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira managed a split decision in his bout versus Beneil Darvish, though the stats for the fight would suggest it shouldn't have been that close. The loss also snapped a six-match winning streak and marked his first in over a year. Fortunately, it appears he won't wait long for his chance to get back on the winning side of things as the 36-year-old fighter aims to better his 17-3-0 career record. Next up is a fighter in Gillespie who is looking to bounce back from the first loss of his professional career in a fairly one-sided bout versus Kevin Lee that resulted in him being KO'd in the first round via kicks. Ferriera holds three-inch reach and two-inch height advantages over his opposition.