Blood Diamond

New Zealand

Cosce fight rescheduled
WelterweightUFC
June 2, 2022
Blood Diamond's welterweight fight against Orion Cosce has been rescheduled to take place at UFC 277 on July 30, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Diamond was originally slated to take on Cosce in UFC 275 on June 11 before Diamond was ruled out of this fight for undisclosed reasons. This makes for the third time these two have been matched up for a welterweight fight in the UFC, though they have yet to face one another due to previous cancellations. Diamond will look to score his first UFC win after falling to Jeremiah Wells via submission during the first round of his February debut with the promotion.
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Cosce fight called off
WelterweightUFC
May 24, 2022
Diamond (undisclosed) has been ruled out of his welterweight fight against Orion Cosce at UFC 275, Cole Shelton reports.
ANALYSIS
This is the second time the two fighters have had their bout called off, the first time being at UFC 271. It is uncertain if the UFC will reschedule the fight or look for a replacement to fight Cosce.
Books fight with Orion Cosce
WelterweightUFC
April 18, 2022
Diamond (3-1-0) is scheduled to face Orion Cosce (7-1-0) in a welterweight fight set for June 11 at UFC 275 in Kallang, Singapore, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The Zimbabwe-born Diamond -- whose given name is Mike Mathetha -- made his promotional debut in February, suffering a first-round loss to Jeremiah Wells at UFC 271 in Houston. The promotion evidently saw enough potential to give the 33-year-old another chance on a major fight card against another relative newcomer in Cosce, who lost to Philip Rowe in his UFC debut last July.
Not competitive in UFC debut
WelterweightUFC
February 12, 2022
Mathetha lost to Jeremiah Wells via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:48 of Round 1 at UFC 271 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
It's extremely odd that the UFC would sign a fighter who entered with all of three professional bouts under his belt and hadn't had a fight since February 2, 2020, but Mathetha was given a chance here and lasted less than five minutes. He spent virtually the entire fight under duress from Wells. Mathetha actually did a pretty nice job remaining upright for quite a while, but Wells eventually got him to the mat before working for the choke that ended the fight. Mathetha is getting elite training working everyday with the guys at City Kickboxing, but he's 33 years old and miles behind where he needs to be in terms of experience in order to make an impact at this level.
Gets new opponent
WelterweightUFC
January 22, 2022
Diamond will now be fighting Jeremiah Wells at UFC 271 on Feb. 12, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diamond was originally slated to take on Orion Cosce, but will now fight Wells instead. No reason has been given for the switch. He carries a 3-0 professional record entering the bout and will be making his UFC debut. His new opponent, Wells, won his debut in the octagon by knocking out Warlley Alves in just 30 seconds and will looking to carry that momentum forward.
Slated to make UFC debut
WelterweightUFC
November 10, 2021
Diamond is slated to face Orion Cosce in a welterweight matchup at UFC 271 on Feb. 12, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diamond carries a 3-0 record as a professional and will make his debut under the UFC banner after signing with the promotion in July. Cosce made his first UFC appearance at the end of July and lost to Philip Rowe via TKO (punches) at UFC on ESPN 28. The two fighters are even in height, but Diamond has an advantage in reach.