|Born||6 October 1973|
La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France
|Other names||The Snake|
|Height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|Reach||81 in (210 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Rueil-Malmaison, France|
Team Quest, AKA
|Years active||1997–2014 (Kickboxing)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: October 17, 2010
Cyrille Moktar Diabaté (born October 6, 1973) is a retired French mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He has also competed in shoot boxing and Muay Thai. He has fought at Palace Fighting Championship, Tachi Palace Fights, PRIDE, ShoXC, Deep, Cage Rage and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
Pride Fighting Championships
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.
Diabaté defeated Marcus Hicks via submission (armbar) after just 89 seconds. This win was his fourth in a row and was followed up by a win over Rob Smith via submission.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
In his second appearance, Diabaté lost to Alexander Gustafsson on October 16, 2010 at UFC 120. 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.
Diabaté was expected to face Jörgen Kruth on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 2. However, Kruth was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Tom DeBlass. Diabaté won the fight via majority decision.
Diabaté was briefly linked to a bout with Fabio Maldonado on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154. However, Maldonado was pulled from the bout and faced Glover Teixeira on October 13, 2012 at UFC 153, replacing an injured Quinton Jackson. Diabaté instead faced Chad Griggs at the event. 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. Manuwa was declared the winner (TKO) after Diabaté was unable to continue after tearing a calf muscle near the end of the first round.
Diabaté faced Ilir Latifi at UFC Fight Night 37. Before the fight, Diabaté announced he will retire from MMA regardless of the bout's outcome. He lost the fight via submission in the first round. After his loss to Latifi, Diabaté made his retirement from combat sports official.
Kickboxing record (Incomplete)
41 wins (31 KOs), 8 losses, 2 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|30 matches||19 wins||10 losses|
|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|
- NSAC report of ISKA Kickboxing
- Cyrille DIABATE, du Muaythaï au MMA - MUAYTHAITV
- "David Hojak Interviews Cyrille Diabate". ThrowThemBows. Archived from the original on January 11, 2010.
- John Morgan. "Snake Team seeks higher plane with PFC wins". MMAjunkie.
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- "Cyrille Diabate vs. Alexander Gustafsson added to UFC 120 in October". MMAjunkie.
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- "Cyrille Diabate announces UFC 138 fight with Anthony Perosh". mmajunkie.com. August 26, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
- "UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Sweden adds Diabate vs. Kruth". mmajunkie.com. January 5, 2012.
- "Tom DeBlass replaces injured Jorgen Kruth at UFC on FUEL TV 2". mmajunkie.com. April 4, 2012.
- "Maldonado gets Diabate at UFC 154". mmajunkie.com. September 7, 2012.
- 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". mmamania.com.
- Staff (2012-09-19). "Chad Griggs vs. Cyrille Diabate joins Montreal's UFC 154 lineup". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2012-09-19.
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- Mike Bohn (2013-02-17). "Cyrille Diabate suffers torn right calf muscle in UFC on FUEL TV 7 defeat to Jimi Manuwa". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
- Staff (2013-11-28). "Cyrille Diabate meets Ilir Latifi when UFC returns to London in March". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- "Cyrille Diabate to retire following UFC Fight Night 37 bout with Latifi". mmajunkie.com. March 6, 2014.
- "UFC Fight Night 37 results: Ilir Latifi scores emotional submission win over Cyrille Diabate". mmajunkie.com. March 8, 2014.
- Matt Erickson (March 8, 2014). "Cyrille Diabate officially retires after UFC Fight Night 37 loss to Latifi". mmajunkie.com.