Ultimate Fighter Season 14 winner Diego Brandao gets quite the challenge at UFC 168 this weekend as he tangles with the hard-hitting Dustin Poirier. Since his TUF title win over Dennis Bermudez, Brandao has put up a 3-1 record. He’s reeled off three straight wins since suffering a loss at the hands of Darren Elkins. His most recent effort at Fight Night 26 was a decision victory over Daniel Pineda.
During an 18-8 career, Brandao has shown himself to be a solid closer with 14 career finishes by either knockout or submission. He carries a heavy punch but will get a very stiff test against the talented Poirier.
“The Diamond”, much like Brandao, isn’t traditionally one to leave things up to the judges. He’s an impressive 14-3 with 11 career finishes. His last Octagon effort was a unanimous decision victory in a thrilling fight against Erik Koch at UFC 164. He’s compiled a 6-2 record inside the Octagon, with the only losses having come against top-5 contender Cub Swanson and former title challenger Chan Sung Jung.
The fight against “The Korean Zombie” was a sensational contest and easily one of the best fights of 2012. Poirier ended up being on the wrong end of D’arce choke in the fourth round.
This matchup has high entertainment value written all over it. Brandao has registered both a Fight and Submission of the Night, while Poirier has matched with Fight and Submission of the Night efforts as well during his UFC career. With both competitors looking to make a serious push in a very talented 145-pound weight class, this fight should be a tremendously competitive battle with powerful striking on display.
Brandao is in search of the biggest win of his career, while Poirier will be looking to improve upon his current no. 6 ranking.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports