Diego Ferreira

Brazil

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.
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Out of Dober fight
LightweightUFC
October 22, 2020
Ferreira has withdrawn from his Nov. 7 fight against Drew Dober, Blaine Henry of MyMMANews.com reports (via Marcel Dorff of MMADNA).
ANALYSIS
It's not clear at this point why Ferreira decided to withdraw from next month's lightweight bout with Dober. Ferreira was supposed to fight Dober originally in May before it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFC will have to decide if they want to reschedule this bout again or try to find Dober a new opponent.
New fight date materializing
LightweightUFC
September 11, 2020
Ferreira is in line to take on Drew Dober in the Nov. 7 event at 155 pounds, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira's bout with Dober was originally scheduled to go down in May but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He's finding a home on a new card and is set to face the same opposition as he aims to extend his winning streak to six straight.
To return at UFC Oklahoma
LightweightUFC
March 9, 2020
Ferreira (knee) is expected to square off against Drew Dober at UFC Oklahoma in May, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira is coming of the biggest win of his career at UFC 246 when he defeated former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. However, he came out of the fight with an injured knee and drew a 180-day medical suspension as a result. it appears he is back to full health, as he is set to take on Dober, who has won five of his last six fights.
Tending to knee injury
LightweightUFC
January 21, 2020
Ferreira has been suspended 180 days by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending a MRI on his right knee, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's always possible the injury is minor, but the commission will take no chances and force Ferreira to get the knee checked out following his decisive victory at UFC 246 on Saturday. The grappling he put on display appears to have taken its toll, with the injury potentially being sustained at some point between the three takedowns and four passes Ferreira was credited with in the bout. He'll need clearance from a medical professional if he intends to put his winning streak on the line before the summer.
Rolls over Anthony Pettis
LightweightUFC
January 18, 2020
Ferreira defeated Anthony Pettis via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:46 of Round 2 at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
A winner of six fights in a row and without a loss dating back to April 2015, Ferreira is a legitimate problem for any opponent at 155 pounds. Going up against a fighter in Pettis who is a big name but short on recent production, Ferreira dominated from the start. He easily controlled all the ground exchanges between the two men before clamping on the rear-naked choke that ended the fight early in Round 2. A win over Pettis means seemingly less by the day in the early stages of 2020, but Ferreira is legit. He's going to get a big time fight his next time out and he deserves it.