Marc Diakiese

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Marc Diakiese
Marc Diakese UFC Fight Night 160 in Copenhagen.jpg
Marc Diakese UFC Fight Night 160 in Copenhagen
Born (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 27)
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Other namesBonecrusher
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Reach75 in (191 cm)
Fighting out ofDoncaster, England
TeamAmerican Top Team
Titan Fighter
Asylum Vale Tudo
London Shootfighters Scramble Academy Leeds
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission1
By decision7
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Marc Diakiese (born 16 March 1993) is an English mixed martial artist of Congolese descent[2] currently competing in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Diakiese began training in mixed martial arts in 2010. He won three British amateur titles while compiling an undefeated record of 9–0 before turning pro.[1]

Diakiese has competed in a grappling match, at under 187lbs/85kg division, on the Pantheon 002 event in June 29th 2019, going to a draw against Ben Hills.


After earning four wins in his professional MMA career in regional promotions, Diakiese joined the BAMMA organization in 2014. He fought five times for the promotion over the course of the next year, bringing his record to 9-0 and in the process winning the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Championship, which he successfully defended twice before signing with the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Diakiese made his UFC debut against Lukasz Sajewski on 8 October 2016 at UFC 204. After being smothered by his opponent in the first round, Diakiese came back to win the fight by TKO due to knees and punches near the end of the second round.[3]

Diakiese returned to face Frankie Perez on 9 December 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov. Despite losing the second round, Diakiese would go on to win the bout by unanimous decision.[4]

Diakiese faced Teemu Packalén on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson. Diakiese defeated Packalén via knockout, 30 seconds into the first round.[5] The win earned Diakiese his first Performance of the Night bonus.[6]

Diakiese faced Drakkar Klose on 7 July 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.[7] He lost the fight by split decision.[8]

Diakiese faced Dan Hooker on 30 December 2017 at UFC 219.[9] He lost the fight via guillotine choke submission in the third round.[10]

Diakiese faced Nasrat Haqparast on 22 July 2018 at UFC Fight Night 134.[11] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[12]

Diakiese faced Joseph Duffy on 16 March 2019 at UFC Fight Night 147.[13] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[14]

In May 2019, Diakese revealed on his social media that he had signed a new, multi-fight contract with the UFC.[15]

Diakiese faced Lando Vannata on 28 September 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 18.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Diakiese was scheduled to face Stevie Ray on 21 March 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards.[18] However, Ray was removed from the card late-January for undisclosed reasons. Diakiese was expected to remain on the card against promotional newcomer Jai Herbert.[19] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed .[20] Instead Diakiese was scheduled to face Alan Patrick on 19 July 2020 at UFC Fight Night 172.[21] However, on June 14, Patrick withdrew from the event for unknown reason and he was replaced by Rafael Fiziev.[22] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[23] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Diakiese was the first UFC fighter to pose for Gay Times Magazine, an LGBT publication where his view on LGBT community was "As people, we are all one".[25]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 14 wins 4 losses
By knockout 6 0
By submission 1 1
By decision 7 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–4 Rafael Fiziev Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 19 July 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Fight of the Night.
Win 14–3 Lando Vannata Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hermansson vs. Cannonier 28 September 2019 3 5:00 Copenhagen, Denmark
Win 13–3 Joseph Duffy Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal 16 March 2019 3 5:00 London, England
Loss 12–3 Nasrat Haqparast Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Smith 22 July 2018 3 5:00 Hamburg, Germany
Loss 12–2 Dan Hooker Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 219 30 December 2017 3 0:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–1 Drakkar Klose Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale 7 July 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–0 Teemu Packalén KO (punch) UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson 18 March 2017 1 0:30 London, England Performance of the Night.
Win 11–0 Frankie Perez Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov 9 December 2016 3 5:00 Albany, New York, United States
Win 10–0 Łukasz Sajewski TKO (knees and punches) UFC 204 8 October 2016 2 4:40 Manchester, England
Win 9–0 Kane Mousah KO (punch) BAMMA 25 14 May 2016 1 0:36 Birmingham, England Defended the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Championship.
Win 8–0 Rick Selvarajah KO (punch) BAMMA 22 19 September 2015 1 0:24 Dublin, Ireland Defended the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Championship.
Win 7–0 Jack McGann Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 19 28 March 2015 3 5:00 Blackpool, England Won the BAMMA Lonsdale British Lightweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Vernon O'Neil Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 17 6 December 2014 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 5–0 Jefferson George Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 16 13 September 2014 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 4–0 Danny Welsh Submission (rear-naked choke) CSFC 8 28 June 2014 1 2:16 Doncaster, England
Win 3–0 Jakob Grzegorzek Decision (unanimous) CSFC 7 29 March 2014 3 5:00 Doncaster, England
Win 2–0 Tom Earnshaw TKO (punches) Cage Kumite 2 1 November 2013 1 4:52 Barnsley, England Won the Cage Kumite Lightweight Championship.
Win 1–0 Harris Neofytou TKO (punches) MMA Total Combat 55 21 September 2013 1 1:27 Spennymoor, England Won the MMATC Lightweight Championship.


  1. ^ a b "Marc Diakiese - Official UFC Profile". Archived from the original on 16 April 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  2. ^ Carroll, Peter (16 March 2019). "Congolese lightweight Marc Diakiese on African UFC event: 'It would mean a lot'". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ Steven Marrocco (8 October 2016). "UFC 204 results: Marc Diakiese shuts down Lukasz Sajewski for second-round TKO in UFC debut". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  4. ^ Ben Fowlkes (9 December 2016). "UFC Fight Night 102 results: Marc Diakiese sliced open but stays perfect with decision over Frankie Perez". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  5. ^ Ben Fowlkes (18 March 2017). "UFC Fight Night 107 results: Marc Diakiese flattens Teemu Packalen in 30 seconds". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (18 March 2017). "UFC Fight Night 107 bonuses: Headliner Jimi Manuwa among $50,000 winners for big KO". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ Staff (2017-04-26). "Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose added to TUF 25 Finale". Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  8. ^ "TUF 25 Finale results: Drakkar Klose beats Marc Diakiese, holds grudge after split-decision win". MMAjunkie. 2017-07-08. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  9. ^ Staff (2017-10-23). "Dan Hooker meets Marc Diakiese at UFC 219 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  10. ^ "UFC 219 live blog: Dan Hooker vs. Marc Diakiese". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  11. ^ "Breaking: Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marc Diakiese bei UFC Hamburg" (in German). Retrieved 2018-04-17.
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 134 results: Cool and calm Nasrat Haqparast outstrikes Marc Diakiese". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-22. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  13. ^ Adam Newsome (2019-01-30). "UFC London: Marc Diakiese vs Joe Duffy". Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  14. ^ "UFC London results: Marc Diakiese snaps slide, cruises past Joe Duffy". MMA Junkie. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  15. ^ Jed Meshew (May 23, 2019). "Morning Report: Urijah Faber blasts T.J. Dillashaw over USADA suspension and apology: 'T.J.'s a master of turning himself into the victim'".
  16. ^ Simon Head (2019-08-13). "Lightweight strikers Lando Vannata and Marc Diakiese set for UFC Copenhagen clash". Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  17. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2019-09-28). "UFC Copenhagen Results: Marc Diakiese Dominates Lando Vannata". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  18. ^ DNA, MMA. "Engeland vs. Schotland clash tussen Marc Diakiese en Stevie Ray tijdens UFC Londen". Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  19. ^ Danny Segura (2020-01-27). "Cage Warriors champ Jai Herbert replaces Stevie Ray, takes on Marc Diakiese at UFC London". Retrieved 2020-01-27.
  20. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-03-15). "UFC postpones three events amid growing coronavirus outbreak". Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  21. ^ DNA, MMA. "Marc Diakiese treft Alan Patrick tijdens UFC evenement op 18 juli op Yas Island". Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  22. ^ "With Alan Patrick out, UFC targets Rafael Fiziev vs. Marc Diakiese for July 18". MMA Junkie. 2020-06-13. Retrieved 2020-06-14.
  23. ^ Fuentes, Jon (2020-07-18). "UFC Fight Island 2 Results: Rafael Fiziev Puts On A Show Against Marc Diakiese". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  24. ^ a b Anderson, Jay (2020-07-18). "UFC Fight Island 2 Bonuses: Ariane Lipski's Horrifyingly Beautiful Kneebar Rewarded". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  25. ^ "Marc Diakiese Becomes First UFC Fighter To Pose For A Gay Magazine | [Aazah]". Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  26. ^ DNA, MMA. "MMA DNA UFC Awards 2016 : De Uitslagen!!!". Retrieved 2019-01-28.

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