Marc Diakiese
Bonecrusher
Reaches extension with UFC
LightweightUFC
May 22, 2019
Diakiese disclosed via his personal Twitter account Wednesday that he has reached another multi-fight agreement with the UFC.
ANALYSIS
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.
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Picks up badly-needed win in London
LightweightUFC
March 16, 2019
Diakiese defeated Joe Duffy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
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
LightweightUFC
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 MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
LightweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Set for UFC Hamburg bout
LightweightUFC
April 24, 2018
Diakiese is scheduled to fight for a lightweight matchup against Nasrat Haqparast on July 22 at UFC Hamburg, Peter Carroll of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Diakiese, a five-fight UFC veteran, is looking to rebound after suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Drakkar Klose and Dan Hooker. The "Bonecrusher" will now draw an intriguing prospect in Haqparast, who lost his UFC debut but has eight KO/TKO victories on his resume from lesser promotions. Diakiese should enter as the betting favorite, given the experience he has to lean on and the fact he's never been knocked out in his professional career.
Loser of back-to-back fights after setback Saturday
LightweightUFC
December 30, 2017
Diakiese lost to Dan Hooker via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:42 of Round 3 at UFC 219 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Diakiese was struggling prior to the finish. A flamboyant striker that has the ability to finish any fight in an instant, Diakiese's struggles manifest themselves when his opposition limits his time and space. Hooker excelled at that on Saturday. The Brit has virtually no other way to win fights and he is going to continue to struggle if his opponents fight as smartly as Hooker did in this one. Diakiese, at age 24, is young enough to make significant improvements in the other areas of the sport. He has lost back-to-back fights.