Diego Ferreira
Uses volume and pressure in victory
LightweightUFC
February 23, 2019
Ferreira defeated Rustam Khabilov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night 145 in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira was able to use his high-level BJJ to create scrambles when his Russian opponent would hit takedowns, which allowed him to pepper Khabilov with two-punch combinations for the majority of the fight. Ferreira has struggled when dealing with combination punchers in the past but was able to completely dictate pace against a slow counter puncher in Khabilov. The Brazilian improves to 15-2 in proffesional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Misses weight by one pound
LightweightUFC
February 22, 2019
Ferreira will still fight Rustam Khabilov at UFC Prague on Saturday despite missing weight by one pound, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira will forfeit 20 percent of the purse in order to rectify his inability to make the 156-pound limit. The 34-year-old heads into the fight with a record of 14-2, although he's just 5-2 since joining UFC back in 2014.
Booked against Rustam Khabilov
LightweightUFC
January 18, 2019
Ferreira will fight Rustam Khabilov at UFC Prague on Feb. 23, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Ferreira is riding a streak of three straight wins, the last two of which have been by TKO. He took Jared Gordon out in the first round in February and beat Kyle Nelson in the second round in December. His opponent, Khabilov, hasn't had a TKO or knockout since 2013 but has racked up a streak of six straight decision victories.
Takes out last minute replacement Kyle Nelson
LightweightUFC
December 8, 2018
Ferreira defeated Kyle Nelson via TKO (punches) at 1:23 of Round 2 at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto.
ANALYSIS
Things were a bit hairy for Ferriera early on before Nelson's gas tank quickly evaporated and he was able to take full control of the fight. Realizing he was getting the short end of the striking exchanges between the two men, the Brazilian quickly started going for takedowns and they landed with ease given Nelson's sudden lack of energy. Ferreira has barely fought of late due to a USADA suspension, but he is 13-2 in his professional career and the two setbacks came at the hands of Dustin Poirier and Beneil Dariush. Ferreira is legitimately talented.
Third time's the charm?
LightweightUFC
December 5, 2018
Ferreira will now go up against Kyle Nelson at UFC 231 on Saturday in Toronto after Jesse Ronson was forced to withdraw from the event, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Per MMAFighting.com, Ronson was unable to cut enough weight to safely compete in Saturday's affair, so Ferreira will receive his third different opponent for this card after initially being added to take on John Makdessi. Due to undisclosed reasons, Makdessi withdrew from the fight in late November, but the promotion has worked hard to keep this bout alive. This will mark Nelson's first fight in the UFC after defeating Morteza Rezael a couple weeks back in the Romanian Xtreme Fighting promotion. He sports a career 12-1 record.
Gets new opponent
LightweightUFC
November 28, 2018
Ferreira will face off against Jesse Ronson at UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8 after John Makdessi (undisclosed) withdrew from the fight, Nolan King of Flocombat reports.
ANALYSIS
Due to Makdessi's removal, Ronson will get another chance at UFC glory after failing to make an impact the first time around when he lost to Michel Prazeres, Francisco Trinaldo and Kevin Lee in a 10-month span. That said, Ronson is coming off five straight wins in the TKO promotion and has some confidence heading into this fight. Ferreira is also on a winning streak having defeated Jared Gordon and Olivier Aubin-Mercier in his last two times in the ring.