Diego Ferreira

Brazil

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.
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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.
Misses weight ahead of fight
LightweightUFC
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
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.
Win streak snapped at six
LightweightUFC
February 6, 2021
Ferreira lost to Beneil Dariush via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It's Ferreira's first loss since being knocked out by Dustin Poirier back in April 2015. It is also just the third setback of his pro career and his second to Dariush. While he managed to remain competitive for the majority of the fight, Ferreira looked off-balance from the very start. He allowed Dariush to use his wrestling game to control the pace of the fight. The Brazilian did a nice job of not settling when Dariush was in a dominating position, but the time spent on the mat limited Ferreira's ability to generate offense of his own. No disrespect to Diego, but this fight wasn't as close as the "split decision" term would lead you to believe. Ferreira can overcome this setback, but he needs to fight more frequently. He turned 36 years of age in mid January and has fought just seven times dating back to January 30, 2016. On the bright side, he'll go home with a $50,000 check after this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Returning in February
LightweightUFC
November 29, 2020
Ferreira (undisclosed) will take on Beneil Dariush in a lightweight matchup at a UFC event scheduled for Feb. 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira withdrew from a scheduled fight in late October for an unspecified reason, but he'll return in early February for a rematch of a 2014 fight against Dariush. Ferreira has won six fights in a row, most recently defeating Anthony Pettis via submission (rear-naked choke) at UFC 246 in January. Dariush carries a five-fight winning streak, with his most recent victory coming against Scott Holzman via KO (spinning backfist) at UFC on ESPN+ 32 in August. Dariush has an edge in reach while Ferreira carries a slight height advantage.