With 13 wins and seven losses, Diego “Ceará” Brandão is one of the newest athletes to make it into the UFC ranks, winning his fight at TUF Finale 14 and taking his post as one of the winners of the promotion’s reality show.
Diego, who was already on a roll with three first-round knockouts during the filming of the show, went one further in paving his way into the promotion’s featherweight fold. With an armbar in a spectacular fight against Dennis Bermudez, he nabbed two of the evening’s three “best of” bonuses: “Fight of the Night,” alongside Bermudez, and “Submission of the Night.”
With the two prizes, the Jiu-Jitsu black belt netted 80,000 dollars in bonus money alone, which will come in handy when he builds the house in Manaus, Brazil, that he promised his mother.
“Knockout of the Night” honors went to John Dodson, who was the other big winner of the show–but in the bantamweight division.