"DIAKIESE LIVES TO FIGHT FOR THE CROWD"
Born March 16th 1993 - and hailing from The Democratic Republic of the Congo to the UK at the tender age of 12 – Diakiese is a shining example of how the words “success” and “undefeated” are a state of mind. Growing up with next to nothing, to becoming one of the UFC’s hottest world prospects is no small feat. Starting in 2010, Diakiese gained momentum on the amateur fighting scene, holding 3 national titles. Seemingly nothing slowed that hunger to win, as he soared into an undefeated professional record of 9-0 (with 2 of the most devastating sub-30s knockouts ever seen within the Bamma league) before being scouted by the UFC. And for good reason. The ‘Bonecrusher' 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 as he made a swift a seemingly unlikely recovery, and began to overwhelm the outclassed Sajewski. He returned to face Frankie Perez on 9 December 2016 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov. Despite losing the second round, Marc would go on to win the bout by unanimous decision. Diakiese faced Teemu Packalen on 18 March 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson. He swiftly disposed of Packalen 30 seconds into the first round via a “marbalizing” knock out. This win earned the ‘Bonecrusher' his first Performance of the Night bonus. His current record: 12-3.
"NOTHING SLOWED THAT HUNGER TO WIN"
His explosiveness is not like the usual we see on the UFC stage. Diakiese lives his fight for the crowd, feeding off their energy as he unveils new techniques every fight. He hails his move to American Top Team as one of the “greatest decisions he’s ever made.” To be the best, you must train with the best. No doubt that Diakiese will be tested to his absolute limits. No doubt that this is only the beginning of his journey. Yet judging from past experience of how Marc handles the pressure, we have no doubt that this man will be a future champion within the UFC.
NAME: MARC “BONECRUSHER” DIAKIESE
BIRTHPLACE: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
DOB: March 16th ’93
HOMETOWN: DONCASTER, UK
WEIGHT: 171lbs (78kg)
FIGHT WEIGHT: 155lbs (70kg)
ARM REACH: 73”
LEG REACH: 39”
TUNRED PRO: 2013
GYM: AMERICAN TOP TEAM
CURRENT RECORD: 12-3-0
SUCCESSFUL STANDING STRIKES70%SUCCESSFUL STRIKES40%SUCCESSFUL TAKEDOWNS55%STRIKE DEFENCE60%TAKEDOWN DEFENCE67%0%TAKEDOWNS0%STRIKING
5 UNANIMOUS DECISIONS
6 WINS BY KO
2 PRO TITLES HELD
1 FIGHT OF THE NIGHT BONUS
6 FIRST ROUND FINISHES
30s FASTEST WIN BY KO
ONLY THE BEGINNING
First time when I stepped my foot into the mats and trained, I straight away new that was what I wanted to do.
Massively changed since my amateur days, I'm more confident than I was back then and just in general I'm comfortable fighting. ive gotten more experienced now too.
Where I come from it's hard for someone like myself to make something out of themselves and have better life. I stay motivated knowing that through fighting I can be a world champion some day and make a name for myself and also secure mine and my families future plus I'm obsessed with winning.
I want to hurt my opponent so bad that when I get another opponent for them to only be scared of me.
Fighting for the UFC!
Through a friend, as a young lad I got into a lot of street fighting and broke couple of bones so my name came from there.
Worked on the railway while fighting for other smaller promotions trying to make it to the UFC.
Coming up I watched a lot of guys, don't really have an icon but I favourited the likes of Jon Jones and Anderson Silva.
Anything. Depends what mood I'm in.
To all the fans that support me on this journey and to my sponsors who have backed me to get to where I am today.