UFC vet Diego Brandao took on fellow lightweight Akhmed Aliev in the main event of Fight Nights Global 73. The fight had a premature and confusing end that would leave many scratching their heads on social media.
Aliev had some success punishing Brandao with body shots, but when the fight hit the mat late in the second round, the 27-year-old Russian appeared to throw some punches after the ref called for a standup. Brandao, who already seemed to be tagged with some illegal shots, then answered with an illegal kick of his own to Aliev’s neck.
As the ref tried to regain order, an incensed Brandao simply hopped over the fence and exited the cage as fans hurled projectiles.
It resulted in a loss for Brandao – and an angry crowd
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Brandao explained his actions to MMA Fighting and how fighting in Dagestan could be a dangerous endeavor for a foreigner.
“He headbutt me and the referee told him to stop,” Brandao said. “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.”
When asked if he bit his opponents ear, Brandao immediately denied it..
“That’s what he says. I was going for the armbar and started to talk trash at him, saying I’d catch him, and he started to yell that I was biting his ear, that I removed the mouthpiece to bit him. Bulls**t. The mouthpiece never left my mouth. That’s his excuse for headbutting me.”
“The fight started to get dirty and the referee had no contro… Akhmet Aliev asked the crowd to stop throwing things into the cage and couldn’t control them, so I decided to get the hell out of there. They were throwing so many bottles at us. … Russians don’t play around. They said they would rip my head off and things like that, and when I responded they got mad at me. I had 20 bodyguards and three armored cars protecting me all week. It was intense.”
Surprisingly enough, Brandao said he was willing to return to Dagestan and fight for FNG again, as Diego revealed he received a six figure pay for the three fights he’s had with the organization.