Cyrille Diabaté

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Cyrille Diabaté
Cyrille diabiate as champ.jpg
Born (1973-10-06) 6 October 1973 (age 45)
La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
Other namesThe Snake
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach81 in (210 cm)
Fighting out ofRueil-Malmaison, France
TeamSnake Team
Team Quest, AKA
Years active1997–2014 (Kickboxing)
1999–2014 (MMA)
Kickboxing record
By knockout31
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission6
By decision5
By knockout2
By submission5
By decision3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 17, 2010

Cyrille Moktar Diabaté[1] (born October 6, 1973) is a retired French mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He has also competed in shoot boxing and Muay Thai.[2][3] He has fought at Palace Fighting Championship, Tachi Palace Fights, PRIDE, ShoXC, Deep, Cage Rage and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Pride Fighting Championships[edit]

Diabaté then faced off against Maurício Rua at Pride Final Conflict Absolute. After 5:29 of the first round, Rua defeated Diabaté via TKO (stomps). This loss led to Diabaté heading for smaller organizations.

His first fight was in England, for the Cage Rage promotion. He defeated Ryan Robinson via armbar and followed this up with a blood-soaked decision victory in a ShoXC card, where he faced Jaime Fletcher.[4]

Diabaté defeated Marcus Hicks via submission (armbar) after just 89 seconds. This win was his fourth in a row[5] and was followed up by a win over Rob Smith via submission.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Cyrille appeared frequently as a striking coach for Team Henderson in season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter. It was announced in February 2010 that Diabaté had signed a four fight contract with the UFC.

In his debut at UFC 114 he defeated Luiz Cané via TKO in the first round. Diabaté later expressed disappointment in his own performance, having had to "survive a flash knockout" early in the first round.[6]

In his second appearance, Diabaté lost to Alexander Gustafsson on October 16, 2010 at UFC 120.[7] In the fight, he was dominated by the Swede for the entire first round standing, and in the second round he was taken down early and submitted with a rear naked choke. This was his first loss in four years.

For his third UFC fight, Diabaté faced Steve Cantwell on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[8] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Diabaté fought Anthony Perosh on November 5, 2011 at UFC 138.[9] He lost the bout against Perosh via submission due to a rear naked choke in the second round.

Diabaté was expected to face Jörgen Kruth on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 2.[10] However, Kruth was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Tom DeBlass.[11] Diabaté won the fight via majority decision.

Diabaté was briefly linked to a bout with Fabio Maldonado on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[12] However, Maldonado was pulled from the bout and faced Glover Teixeira on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153, replacing an injured Quinton Jackson.[13] Diabaté instead faced Chad Griggs at the event.[14] Diabate defeated Griggs via first round rear naked choke submission.

Diabaté faced Jimi Manuwa on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[15] Manuwa was declared the winner (TKO) after Diabaté was unable to continue after tearing a calf muscle near the end of the first round.[16]

Diabaté faced Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 37.[17] Before the fight, Diabaté announced he will retire from MMA regardless of the bout's outcome.[18] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[19] After his loss to Latifi, Diabaté made his retirement from combat sports official.[20]

Kickboxing record (Incomplete)[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–10–1 Ilir Latifi Submission (ninja choke) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa March 8, 2014 1 3:02 London, England
Loss 19–9–1 Jimi Manuwa TKO (retirement) UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald February 16, 2013 1 5:00 London, England
Win 19–8–1 Chad Griggs Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 154 November 17, 2012 1 2:24 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 18–8–1 Tom DeBlass Decision (majority) UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva April 14, 2012 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 17–8–1 Anthony Perosh Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 138 November 5, 2011 2 3:09 Birmingham, England
Win 17–7–1 Steve Cantwell Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 3, 2011 3 5:00 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Loss 16–7–1 Alexander Gustafsson Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 120 October 16, 2010 2 2:41 London, England
Win 16–6–1 Luiz Cané TKO (punches) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 1 2:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–6–1 Rob Smith Submission (rear-naked choke) TPF 2: Brawl in the Hall December 3, 2009 1 1:47 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 14–6–1 Marcus Hicks Submission (armbar) AMMA 1: First Blood October 24, 2009 1 1:29 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 13–6–1 Lodune Sincaid TKO (doctor stoppage) PFC 12: High Stakes January 22, 2009 2 1:15 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 12–6–1 Jaime Fletcher Decision (unanimous) ShoXC: Hamman vs. Suganuma 2 August 15, 2008 3 5:00 Friant, California, United States
Win 11–6–1 Ryan Robinson Submission (armbar) Cage Rage 21 April 21, 2007 1 1:15 London, England
Loss 10–6–1 Maurício Rua TKO (stomps) Pride FC - Final Conflict Absolute September 10, 2006 1 5:29 Saitama, Japan
Win 10–5–1 Yasuhito Namekawa KO (flying knee) Real Rhythm: 4th Stage July 30, 2006 2 1:50 Osaka, Japan
Win 9–5–1 Yasuhito Namekawa KO (punches) Deep: 24 Impact April 11, 2006 2 2:22 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–5–1 Takahiro Oba Submission (rear-naked choke) Real Rhythm: 3rd Stage March 4, 2006 2 3:47 Osaka, Japan
Win 7–5–1 Mu Jin-Na KO (head kick and punches) Real Rhythm: 2nd Stage November 19, 2005 1 1:28 Osaka, Japan
Loss 6–5–1 Fábio Piamonte Submission (arm-triangle choke) Cage Rage 12 July 2, 2005 1 2:09 London, England
Loss 6–4–1 Renato Sobral Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Rage 9 November 27, 2004 1 3:38 London, England
Loss 6–3–1 Arman Gambaryan Decision (unanimous) M-1 MFC: Middleweight GP October 9, 2004 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 6–2–1 Rodney Glunder Decision (unanimous) 2 Hot 2 Handle February 22, 2004 2 3:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 6–1–1 James Žikic Decision (unanimous) EF 1: Genesis July 13, 2003 3 5:00 London, England
Win 5–1–1 Dave Vader Submission (triangle choke) 2H2H 6: Simply the Best 6 March 16, 2003 1 3:40 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 4–1–1 Bob Schrijber Decision 2H2H 5: Simply the Best 5 October 13, 2002 2 3:00 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 3–1–1 Matt Frye KO (punches) Cage Wars 2 May 15, 2002 1 N/A London, England
Loss 2–1–1 Josh Dempsey Decision Cage Wars 1 February 23, 2002 2 N/A Portsmouth, England
Draw 2–0–1 Rodney Glunder Draw Rings Holland: No Guts, No Glory June 10, 2001 2 5:00 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Andre Juskevicius KO (punches) Golden Trophy 2000 March 18, 2000 1 0:49 Orléans, France
Win 1–0 Ryuta Sakurai TKO (punches) Golden Trophy 1999 March 20, 1999 2 N/A France


  1. ^ NSAC report of ISKA Kickboxing
  2. ^ Cyrille DIABATE, du Muaythaï au MMA - MUAYTHAITV
  3. ^ "David Hojak Interviews Cyrille Diabate". ThrowThemBows. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010.
  4. ^ John Morgan. "Snake Team seeks higher plane with PFC wins". MMAjunkie.
  5. ^ "Matt Horwich edges fellow UFC vet Jason Lambert at debut Aggression MMA event". MMAjunkie.
  6. ^ Steven Marrocco. "Despite win, UFC 114's Cyrille Diabate sees too many mistakes in performance". MMAjunkie.
  7. ^ "Cyrille Diabate vs. Alexander Gustafsson added to UFC 120 in October". MMAjunkie.
  8. ^ "Steve Cantwell vs. Cyrille Diabate Agreed for UFC on Versus 3". December 29, 2010.
  9. ^ "Cyrille Diabate announces UFC 138 fight with Anthony Perosh". August 26, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  10. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden adds Diabate vs. Kruth". January 5, 2012.
  11. ^ "Tom DeBlass replaces injured Jorgen Kruth at UFC on FUEL TV 2". April 4, 2012.
  12. ^ "Maldonado gets Diabate at UFC 154". September 7, 2012.
  13. ^ Halvatzis Jr., George (September 12, 2012). "Fabio Maldonado Fills In For Quinton Jackson, Set To Fight Glover Teixeira In Co-Main Event Of UFC 153".
  14. ^ Staff (2012-09-19). "Chad Griggs vs. Cyrille Diabate joins Montreal's UFC 154 lineup". Retrieved 2012-09-19.
  15. ^ Staff (2012-12-07). "Jimi Manuwa v Cyrille Diabate added to London card". Retrieved 2012-12-07.
  16. ^ Mike Bohn (2013-02-17). "Cyrille Diabate suffers torn right calf muscle in UFC on FUEL TV 7 defeat to Jimi Manuwa". Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  17. ^ Staff (2013-11-28). "Cyrille Diabate meets Ilir Latifi when UFC returns to London in March". Retrieved 2013-11-28.
  18. ^ "Cyrille Diabate to retire following UFC Fight Night 37 bout with Latifi". March 6, 2014.
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 37 results: Ilir Latifi scores emotional submission win over Cyrille Diabate". March 8, 2014.
  20. ^ Matt Erickson (March 8, 2014). "Cyrille Diabate officially retires after UFC Fight Night 37 loss to Latifi".

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