Marc Diakiese


On another winning streak
September 29, 2019
Diakiese defeated Lando Vannata via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
Diakiese won the battle of signficant strikes 40 to 25, and was also credited with four takedowns and a pass in this matchup. He was clearly the better fighter in each round, with one judge even awarding him a 10-8 in the third frame. This was a fight Diakiese was expected to win, and while he's now put together back-to-back victories, he's still a long ways from affecting the 155-pound title picture.
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Snares UFC Copenhagen bout
August 13, 2019
Diakiese will square off against Lando Vannata at UFC Copenhagen, reports.
Diakiese returned to form with a unanimous decision victory over Joe Duffy in March after three consecutive defeats prior. His striking stats check in lower than that of his opponent, but Diakiese holds an edge of a half-takedown per 15 minutes. Four of Diakiese's seven UFC fights have gone the distance, and the same goes for Vannata, so there's a decent chance this bout won't be a short one.
Reaches extension with UFC
May 22, 2019
Diakiese disclosed via his personal Twitter account Wednesday that he has reached another multi-fight agreement with the UFC.
Diakiese picked up a much-needed win against Joseph Duffy back in March, snapping a three-fight losing streak. Even though he began his tenure with the promotion with wins in his first three fights, it would have been difficult to rationalize re-signing the lightweight fighter had he not been able to snap the streak. It's difficult to see him immediately contending in a stacked 155-pound division, but at 26 years old, the American Top Team product has plenty of time to hone his skills and display meaningful improvement.
Picks up badly-needed win in London
March 16, 2019
Diakiese defeated Joe Duffy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
Diakiese came into this fight as roughly a (+155) betting underdog, but that was impossible to tell from the opening bell. Duffy is a fighter who puts a lot of weight on his lead leg, and Diekiese was able to use a steady dose of calf kicks to hurt Duffy early. He even took Duffy off his feet on multiple occasions -- once via kicks and again with a hard elbow. While Diakiese didn't get the finish, he closed in on it near the end of the third round when he rained down ground-and-pound from top position. It was a surprisingly dominant effort from a fighter on a three-fight losing streak that may have been on the verge of release. He was tremendously emotional after the win, which happened to land on his 26th birthday.
Facing Joseph Duffy at UFC London
February 2, 2019
The UFC announced Saturday that Diakiese (12-3-0) will fight Joseph Duffy (16-3-0) in a lightweight bout March 16 at UFC London, Peter Carroll of reports.
The former BAMMA championship maintained a spotless 10-0-0 record prior to signing with the UFC, but has seen his fortunes take a turn for the worse during his time with the promotion. "The Bonecrusher" is now riding a three-fight losing streak after suffering defeats at the hands of Nasrat Haqparast, Daniel Hooker and Drakkar Klose. He'll face a tough test in March against Duffy, who has posted a 4-2-0 record during his time with the UFC.
Gets lit up in Hamburg
July 22, 2018
Diakiese lost to Nasrat Haqparast via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30. 26-30) at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday in Hamburg, Germany.
Diakiese was placed on the back foot almost immediately, and seemed content to bounce peppering punches off of Haqparast's guard while eating clean, hard shots. Diakiese entered the UFC with a bang, collecting stoppage wins in two of his first three fights but has now lost three in a row, which may suggest that his flashy striking style could benefit from a bit more polish.