Brandao Fined For Leaving Cage
Diego Brandao , who faced Akhmet Aliev in the main event in of Fight Night Global’s September 4th event, was fined 30 percent of his purse for “not sporting behavior,” FNG matchmaker Artem Hallanov told MMA Fighting. Twitter user VestnikMMA first reported the news.
The promotion did not disclose how much Brandao was paid to compete, but Brandao confirmed to MMA Fighting that he was making six figures per fight at Fight Nights Global.
Brandao vs. Aliev ended in a TKO defeat for the Brazilian after chaos ensued. The UFC veteran after being upset following a headbutt, landed an illegal upkick on Aliev’s neck. The crowd erupt and started to throw bottles and garbage into the cage, and Brandao decided he had enough to jumped off the fence and left.
The Ultimate Fighter 14 featherweight winner, who was coming off back-to-back stoppage victories under the FNG banner, returned to the cage moments later, but it was too late as he was informed that the bout would not continue, and declared Aliev the winner.
“He headbutt me and the referee told him to stop, and he throws three punches at me? What if that punch knocks me out? I did a hip escape and threw an upkick at him. I wanted to catch him, but hit his neck. That was a mistake I made, but I wanted to protect myself too. And he eventually came out with the victory.”
Brandao said he’s now a free agent, but doesn’t rule out coming back to the FNG cage if the deal is right despite the scary experience in Dagestan.