UFC fighter Diego Brandão has been charged with battery and assault charges after the featherweight fighter allegedly pistol-whipped an Albuquerque strip club worker with a handgun.
It’s alleged Brandão got into an argument with a DJ at Knockouts Gentlemen’s Club in downtown Albuquerque before being barred. He reportedly tried to force his way into the club with punches, and later a handgun.
The fighter, who has battled against Conor McGregor, reportedly pointed the gun at a customer in the establishment. Police say he then struck an employee with the butt of the handgun before running to his vehicle and driving off.
The UFC fighter, who was The Ultimate Fighter champion in 2011, is currently under suspension after failing a drug test for marijuana earlier this year.
His rise in the division came to a halt at UFC 195 in January, after his submission loss to Brian Ortega. He tested positive for marijuana metabolites after the fight.
The Brazilian is known for taking on Conor McGregor in Dublin two years ago. The fight didn’t go well for the Brazilian, with McGregor knocking him out after 13 seconds.
The bout cemented McGregor’s status as one of the up and coming fighters.
UFC refused to get drawn on the matter, simply stating that Brandao was entitled to due process. A statement said: “We are aware that UFC featherweight Diego Brandao was arrested on Friday following an altercation at a business establishment in Albuquerque, N.M. We are in the process of gathering more information at this time.
“While we are concerned by the nature of the reported allegations, it is important to note that Brandao is entitled to due process in a court of law. We will have no further comment until more information can be gathered.”
To be honest, we’re still trying to work out how being high on marijuana is in any way going to make you a better fighter in the octagon.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran