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A colleague of mine, Graeme McDonnell, recently spent time in the UK with newly signed UFC lightweight, Marc Diakiese. When he got home he was blown away by the 23-year-old’s work ethic as he launched into a multi-destination journey each day for training.
When I get talking to Diakiese at around lunchtime he has already travelled from his hometown of Doncaster to Sheffield, and then to Leeds—a four hour round trip for two training sessions.
“Living in Doncaster, I really don’t have the facilities that other people have on their doorsteps,” he explains. “There are no facilities here that everything under one roof. I go wherever I need to go to train in the various disciplines of mixed martial arts.
“My day varies, but sometimes I finish as late as 11 at night. For my Thai boxing I travel to Mansfield and just now I’ve finished up strength and conditioning in Leeds. This morning I was in Sheffield so that just shows you far I travel for training.
“I just like to training each part of the sport separately. I want to train Thai boxing with Thai boxers, boxing with boxers and wrestling with wrestlers. I want to get the best of what each martial art has to offer.”
Diakiese was signed on the back of two spectacular first round knockout wins over Rick Selvarajah and Kane Mousah. The two fights combined lasted a total of one minute.
Interestingly, his former opponent Jack McCann once heckled the lightweight as being a “boring” fighter.
The Liverpudlian knockout artist was soundly beaten over three rounds with ‘Bonecrusher’, and when asked if he would like to avenge the loss, the reason he gave for not wanting the rematch was critical of Diakiese’s style.
“I have previously stated that fighting Diakiese again is not something I am interested in,” ….View full article