It may have been Brad Pickett’s last fight of his career at UFC London, which, incidentally, ended in brutally heartbreaking fashion as a kick to the head from his opponent Marlon Vera put paid to his hopes of a fairytale ending to his UFC career, but it is Marc Diakiese who will take the plaudits and highlight reel footage for his startlingly fast dismantling of Finnish fighter Teemu Packalen inside 30 seconds.
Diakiese’s nickname is the Bonecrusher, so you couldn’t say that Packalen didn’t have prior warning that this may well be the eventuality of the bout, and just in case there was any doubt, Diakiese talked strategy with UFC.com beforehand, telling them of the tactics he would emply to “finish” his opponent.
“He’s tall, likes to grapple and comes forward uncontrolled,” he told UFC.com, “which I’m looking to use to get the finish. And if he doesn’t come forward, I’m still looking to finish him anyway.”
True to his word, Diakiese caught Packalen coming forward and caught him with a brutal right hand full in the face, abruptly knocking out his opponent with the referee instantly calling an end to proceedings.
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Never short on confidence, Diakiese promised after the fight that he is going “all the way to the top” in the lightweight division, and on the evidence of that performance, it is difficult to argue with him.
In other UFC related news, it appears that we are edging closer toward a mega fight between the face of MMA Conor McGregor and legendary undefeated boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Junior, after it was reported that a date and venue for the bout had been agreed. McGregor, ringside at fellow Irishman Michael Conlan’s professional boxing debut, had a few things to say about the match-up with Mayweather after the fight, telling an ESPN reporter, “No one in this boxing game knows what’s coming. Trust me on that. When I step in there, I’m going to shock the whole goddamn world.”
Diakiese, meanwhile, will be aiming higher than ever before following his electric performance at the O2 in London.