Diego Brandao, when he was just 16 years old, promised his dying father that he would take care of his mother. After Saturday night’s victory to become the featherweight winner of the fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Brandao will do just that.
“This is what I want for my dad; he’s looking at me right now,” declared Brandao after the fight. “And now I’m gonna be able to buy house for my mom in Brazil, baby, yee haw!”
Brandao rolled through the season’s featherweight class, finishing all of his opposition in the first round. He finished all of his opponents during the regular season by TKO, but he took a different route in the finale.
He and Dennis Bermudez went toe-to-toe for the better part of the opening round, taking turns rocking each other with an arsenal of punches, kicks, and knees.
Brandao struck first, putting Bermudez on his back with a flying knee, and suplexing him after they returned to their feet. Bermudez recovered quickly, however, re-entering the fray and dropping Brandao with a right hand to the jaw.
Bermudez unloaded a relentless flurry of ground and pound, but got lazy with his left arm, leaving it on Brandao’s chest. Brandao took immediate advantage, locking out an armbar. Bermudez tapped almost instantly, possibly suffering a broken arm.
“I knew he was going to continue to punch. I wait for the armbar.”
He waited for the armbar, but he didn’t waste time on the finish, closing it out with nine seconds to spare.
Diego Brandao is your TUF 14 Featherweight Ultimate Fighter.