Marc Diakiese was able to record the biggest win of his UFC career to date, beating down Irish Joe Duffy over three rounds at UFC London.
Joseph Duffy made his first walk to the octagon since losing out to James Vick at UFC 217 by way of second-round TKO in 2017 but couldn’t get his game going as he succumbed to a strong showing from Diakiese.
And in many ways, it was the perfect opening round for The Bonecrusher as he tenderised the lead-leg of his opponent with several hard calf kicks.
Duffy just was not able to find his offense enough from the first bell onwards to trouble the man sharing the cage with him and those leg-kicks he was absorbing were not helping whatsoever.
The highlight of the first-round came as Diakiese managed to score a knockdown with a beautifully timed elbow. Overall, it was a strong showing that proved the benefits of his change in approach this camp – moving back home from ATT this time around.
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In the second, Duffy came out southpaw after absorbing some serious punishment to his lead-leg and again, it was the Englishman who dictated the pace of the fight.
Diakiese flipped the script somewhat by shooting in for several successful takedowns and for the most part, was able to deal with the threat of Duffy’s guard.
The third-round was more of the same from both, as Duffy just failed to find his rhythm – succumbing to more hard-shots on the feet and positional dominance from the bottom.
Bonecrusher @Marc_Diakiese narrowly misses with the spin kick!
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The judges saw it unanimously in favour of Diakiese when all was said and done and with that, he had overturned a three-fight skid with a win over a proven talent – something that left him visibly emotional in the post-fight.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena