Marc Diakiese
Bonecrusher

England

Drops decision to Rafael Fiziev
LightweightUFC
July 18, 2020
Diakiese lost to Rafael Fiziev via unanimous decision (27-30, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Diakiese had all sorts of issues generating consistent offense on the feet against Fiziev. He was one-and-done on the few power shots he was able to land. Diakiese is a guy who wins with volume and combinations, and those traits were nowhere to be found Saturday. There was a clear difference in terms of the physicality level at which both men fought. It was a surprising result given the fact Diakiese entered as a -160 favorite in addition to coming off back-to-back impressive unanimous decision victories over Lando Vannata and the since-retired Joe Duffy. Diakiese is talented, but you are what your record says you are in this sport, and Diakiese's record with the UFC is barely over .500 at 5-4. On the bright side, he'll walk away with an extra $50,000 after this fight was selected for Fight of the Night honors.
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Slated for new opponent after Patrick withdrawal
LightweightUFC
June 13, 2020
Diakiese is now expected to face Rafael Fiziev at UFC "Fight Island" on July 18, after Alan Patrick (undisclosed) withdrew Nolan King and Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diakiese fight versus Jai Herbert scheduled for UFC London in March was called off when the bout was forced to switch locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While he found a fight that fit quickly with Patrick, it's now the green Fiziev who will be stepping in. Diakiese sports a two-inch height and reach advantage over his new opposition, so look for him to try to keep Fiziev at a distance.
Draws Alan Patrick on Fight Island
LightweightUFC
June 9, 2020
Diakiese is in line to take on Alan Patrick at an event scheduled for July 18 on Fight Island, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Diakiese was scheduled to fight multiple times in his home country of England on March 21, but caught a tough break with the event ultimately being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patrick was scheduled for an event that never came to pass as well (UFC Lincoln on April 25), so the two international fighters will get a chance to meet on the recently-announced Fight Island. Diakiese is riding a two-fight winning streak, while Patrick is 3-1 in his last four bouts, most recently losing to Scott Holtzman via third-round stoppage. Diakiese will be giving up an inch in both height and reach to the much older Brazilian.
Fight in London off
LightweightUFC
March 15, 2020
Diakiese will no longer face Jai Herbert at UFC London following the event's relocation, he announced via his personal Instagram.
ANALYSIS
The UFC will be cancelling the weekend's event, per an official statement, which leaves fighters like Diakiese unable to secure travel plans on short notice, especially given the recently-imposed restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. It's unclear if this matchup will be rescheduled for a later date.
Gets new opponent at UFC London
LightweightUFC
January 27, 2020
Diakiese will now face Jai Herbert in a lightweight matchup at UFC London on March 21, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diakiese was initially paired with Stevie Ray for the matchup, but Ray was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason. Diakiese is coming off back-to-back wins, most recently defeating Lando Vannata via unanimous decision at UFC Copenhagen in September as he managed to showcase his striking ability. Herbert signed with the UFC on Monday and will be making his debut with the promotion after winning his past five fights under the Cage Warriors banner. Herbert carries a height advantage over Diakiese.
Facing Stevie Ray in London
LightweightUFC
December 31, 2019
Diakiese will take on Stevie Ray at UFC London on March 21, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but raised in England, Diakiese has rebounded from a three-fight losing streak to win both of his matches in 2019 by unanimous decision. He's won both of his fights in London, including knocking out Teemu Packalen in just 30 seconds back in 2017. His opponent, Ray, won his last fight over Michael Johnson in October via majority decision but had previously lost three of his last four matches.