Diego Ferreira


Overwhelms with offense
September 7, 2019
Ferreira defeated Mairbek Taisumov via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28) at The Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
It was touch-and-go for a while in the first round when Taisumov was at his explosive best, but Ferreira stayed the course and was able to break his opponent down with pace and pressure in order to dominate with boxing in Rounds 2 and 3. Ferreira isn't talked about much in the stacked lightweight division but has now won five fights in a row, which could put him in line for a big next fight. He improves to 16-2 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
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Upcoming bout with Taisumov
June 7, 2019
Ferreira (illness) will face Mairbek Taisumov at UFC 242 on Sept. 7.
Ferreira was supposed to fight Francisco Trinaldo at UFC 237 but fell ill before the fight and it ultimately was canceled. The Brazilian will be looking to notch his fifth-straight win against Taisumov, who will be reaching for his seventh-straight win.
Removed from UFC 237 card
May 10, 2019
Ferreira'a fight versus Francisco Trinaldo has been scratched from the UFC 237 card due to some health issues for Ferreira, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
Scheduled for the pay-per-view portion of the card, Ferreira was the betting favorite for the match and held both youth and a four-inch reach advantage in his favor. Unfortunately, early indications suggest he may be dealing with some kidney stones, so Ferreira will need to wait for an opportunity to extend a four-fight winning streak.
Booked for UFC 237
May 5, 2019
Ferreira will take on Francisco Trinaldo in a lightweight matchup at UFC 237 on May 11, Combate Brazil reports.
The pair of Brazilians will face off on the pay-per-view portion of the card, where Ferreira currently sits as approximately a (-155) betting favorite. Ferreira enters as a much younger fighter with a four-inch reach advantage, and is coming off a victory over Rustam Khabilov in February that brought his winning streak to four. His opponent, Trinaldo, has split wins and losses in his last five fights. Ferreira holds the edge in volume striking stats, but Trinaldo is statistically the more effective offensive wrestler.
Uses volume and pressure in victory
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.
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.
Misses weight by one pound
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.
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.