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The unbeaten 23-year-old has been the subject of two viral knockouts in his last two outings for European powerhouse, BAMMA. Shortly after his recent 30-second knockout of fellow British lightweight frontrunner Kane Mousah in Dublin back in February, the talk of him getting a call from the world’s flagship promotion quickly gained momentum.
Towards the end of June, word came from the UK that a deal had been struck. Due to the excitement that surrounds the young Unit 7 Gym product, and without any confirmation, many thought the word of an imminent announcement regarding Diakiese was nothing more than wolf tickets, to borrow the Nick Diaz phrase.
Yesterday, the signing of ‘The Bonecrusher’ was made official, and since then, the UK MMA community has taken to social media threads to voice their excitement about his debut, which is due to take place at UFC’s Manchester card—rumored to be taking place in October.
Yesterday, Diakiese himself gave his thoughts on his signing to SevereMMA.com’s a few hours it was made official.
Had he not been signed, as BAMMA’s British lightweight champion, Diakiese was expected to face the promotion’s world champion Martin Stapleton for his title. However, after striking up a deal with UFC, he didn’t seem too worried about missing out on a shot at the SBG Manchester man’s title.
“I thought I was ready,” Diakiese told Steve Cook-Abbott. “I do feel like after what I’ve done, my two knockouts, they (UFC) wanted me.
“Obviously, I did want to fight for the (BAMMA) world title. (My signing) has come early and I’m happy now that I’ve got it. Now I can just showcase my skills on the biggest stage.”
As hard as it is to believe based on his last two outings, Diakiese has only recently gotten rid of a rather negative label ….View full article