Will Chope meets Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil

A Featherweight bill has been added to the UFC’s return to Brazil in March.

Diego Brandao (18-9), winner of Season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter, meets Will Chope (19-6), a lanky Californian based in Asia.

The bout takes place at UFC Fight Night 38 on March 23rd, at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on the UFC Fight Pass.

Sources close to the fighter confirmed the fight booking with Fight Sport Asia.

Brandao looks to get back in the win column following a knockout loss at the hands of Dustin Poirier at UFC 168. That setback snapped a three-fight winning run. The hard hitting Brazilian fighter is set to fight in Brazil for the second time in two years. The 26-year-old has amassed a 4-2 record in the octagon since winning The Ultimate Fighter series back in 2011.

Chope, meanwhile, had a fourteen fight winning streak snapped by Max Holloway when he made his UFC debut in Singapore in January. The 23-year-old Team Buffet native has fought primarily in Asia in his career thus far, racking up over fifty professional bouts across multiple disciplines. Chope, who is the tallest Featherweight combatant at 6’4”, will have a nine inch height advantage over Brandao come fight night.

With that, the updated UFC Fight Night 38 line-up in Brazil includes:

  • Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua
  • C.B. Dollaway vs. Cezar Ferreira
  • Norman Parke vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Fabio Maldonado vs. Gian Villante
  • Rony Jason vs. Steven Siler
  • Mairbek Taisumov vs. Gleison Tibau
  • Ronny Markes vs. Thiago Santos
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Scott Jorgensen
  • Thiago Perpetuo vs. Kenny Robertson
  • *Diego Brandao vs. Will Chope

*Not officially announced


Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA writer. You can check out some of his work over on MMASucka.com. Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest Asian MMA news from FightSportAsia.com on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook


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