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UFC fighter Diego Brandao arrested for alleged assault outside strip club

The Brazilian reportedly struck an employee with a gun.

Brandao fought Conor McGregor back in 2014.
Brandao fought Conor McGregor back in 2014.
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THE UFC has said it will launch an investigation into the arrest of Brazilian fighter Diego Brandao.

The 28-year-old was charged with aggravated battery and three counts of aggravated assault after an incident outside an Albuquerque strip club.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Brandao got into an argument with the DJ before leaving the club temporarily and returning with a gun.

It is reported that he was refused re-entry and then struck an employee in the face with the butt of the weapon.

In a statement obtained by MMAJunkie.com, the UFC revealed that it plans to look into the matter.

“We are aware that UFC featherweight Diego Brandao was arrested Friday following an altercation at a business establishment in Albuquerque, N.M,” it reads. ”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.

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“We will have no further comment until more information can be gathered.”

A former opponent of Conor McGregor, Brandao (20-11) last fought at UFC 195 back in January when he lost out to Brian Ortega by submission.

He tested positive for marijuana metabolites during an in-competition drugs test prior to that fight and received a temporary suspension ahead of a Nevada State Commission hearing, which is scheduled to take place this Tuesday.

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