twitter google

Diego Brandao Plans On ‘Cracking Skulls’ Like Mike Tyson At UFC 146

Diego Brandao was pegged as a rising star after capturing the title of Ultimate Fighter. Now, Brandao will make his first non-TUF related UFC fight when he meets Darren Elkins on the prelim portion of UFC 146.

Brandao has won each of his past four bouts, including the TUF finale against Dennis Bermudez. While training alongside the likes of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Donald Cerrone and Leonard Garcia at Jackson’s MMA has helped, Brandao is reaching back a little further in the past to channel his image on Saturday.

“My game plan is the same as Mike Tyson’s: get the knockout,” said Brandao, in a recent interview with the Brazilian news outlet Tatame. “Trading punches for 15 minutes is dangerous. When the cage is closed, we’ll strike. I’m cracking skulls, I don’t know about him.”

Elkins (13-2) will provide a stiff challenge, as he has won his last two UFC fights since a defeat to Charles Oliveira. He owns four KO victories and five more via submission.

Photo credit: MMAFighting.com

Follow MMAConvert

Fight Cards

UFC Fight Night 90: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez

Event Date: July 7, 2016
Broadcast: UFC Fight Pass

The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale: Jedrzejczyk vs. Gadelha

Event Date: July 8, 2016
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1

UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones 2

Event Date: July 9, 2016
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 91: Ferguson vs. Chiesa

Event Date: July 13, 2016
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1

Bellator 158: London

Event Date: July 16, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV

Bellator 159: Caldwell vs. Taimanglo

Event Date: July 22, 2016
Broadcast: Spike TV