In just a few hours Conor McGregor will take on Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 46, but McGregor believes that if it was not for him, Brandao would have already received his walking papers from the UFC.
“I believe he was probably cut, but he hadn’t been told yet,” McGregor said. “I just feel that way. You can’t threaten to stab somebody and miss weight and get knocked out in the first round and expect to keep your job. I believe he was just left in limbo in case anything happened, then guess what? Something happened.”
Diego Brandao has 9 knockouts, 5 submissions and 4 decision victories, while he has been knocked out 5 times, submitted once and lost by decision three times. Prior to joining the UFC he was on a three fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut against Dennis Bermudez which he won via armbar at UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Dec / 03 / 2011.
“I believe it’s not a good time to be Diego Brandao right now,” McGregor said. “I believe he has his own problems going on. He has to face me, and that’s a big problem right there. I feel for the guy.”
Brandao lost against Darren Elkins via unanimous decision at UFC 146 – Dos Santos vs. Mir on May / 26 / 2012. He went on a three fight winning streak, he beat Joey Gambino via unanimous decision at UFC 153 – Silva vs. Bonnar on Oct / 13 / 2012, Pablo Garza via Arm-Triangle Choke at UFC on Fuel TV 9 – Mousasi vs. Latifi on Apr / 06 / 2013 and then Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Sonnen on Aug / 17 / 2013.
“People are saying that he starts well and then fades, I don’t think he’s even going to start well. I’m going to be straight at him off the gate and I think he’s going to feel pressure like he never felt before. He’s going to be on his back foot and experience shots and movements that he’s never experienced before until ultimately he crumbles, and he will crumble.”
Brandao then lost to Dustin Poirier via 1st Rd KO at UFC 168 – Weidman vs. Silva 2 on Dec / 28 / 2013.