In episode 2 of On the Fly: Fight Night London we travel out to American Top Team in Florida to hang out with undefeated UFC Lightweight Mark Diakiese as he prepares for his fight against Teemu Packalen on March 18th. Surrounded by fellow countrymen at ATT he takes some time out from his training schedule to hang out at the bowling alley and then we head down to Deerfield Beach for a game of soccer. With unparalleled access to the training and lives of the world's best fighters, On the Fly is the perfect glimpse into the build up to the hotly anticipated Fight Night London.
I arrived in Vegas on Saturday after a safe and comfortable flight from Fort Lauderdale, after being driven to my hotel (The Signature MGM) I got settled in to my suite then went food shopping. It’s a glamorous life I lead! After buying pans, cutlery, food and water I made myself a clean healthy meal and then headed down to the hotel gym to do a light run to get my circulation going post flight.
Fight week in the UFC doesn’t just mean making weight, there are also lots of press obligations to take care of (which I’m sure will mount up as I rise up the ranks). This week I have poster signings, UFC Facebook live chats, UFC twitter live chats, podcasts, various telephone interviews with European media as well as Skype interviews to take care of.
As well as water loading, your diet is very important during your weight cut. This week I will be eating incredibly clean and light, things like white eggs, spinach, fish, natural yoghurt, blueberries and rice cakes.
Because I am fighting on Friday the official weigh ins take place at 9am on Thursday morning (6pm UK time). On Wednesday I will cut down my water intake to 2.5litres, keeping the day steady until finishing off with some light pad work and around 30 minutes on the treadmill to keep my body ticking. I will go to bed feeling light on Wednesday night, leaving me with just 2-3kg left to lose on Thursday morning. I have this routine down to a tee. I will wake early and steam the bathroom, take a hot bath in Epsom salts and calmly lay sweating the rest out under quilts and towels. Once the hard part is out of the way I will get to face off with my opponent, which I am excited about! Klose has said in an interview that he gets nervous prior to the weigh in… Well believe me, he should be!!
Post weigh in some fighters may be tempted to go away and feast, however it’s important to still be wise when it comes to your nutrition pre-fight!! I leave absolutely NOTHING to chance in this game
All in all I am feeling great! I’m in the best shape of my life and I am confident in my abilities. I have got no doubts that I will be going home to Doncaster with another win under my belt!!!
I’m really excited for what the future holds for me, whilst I have been away at A.T.T for this fight camp there have been lots of developments. New sponsorships, new website, clothing line as well as loads more things lined up for when I’m home.
Thank you to all of my supporters who have followed me along this journey, I hope to put on a great show for you as always on Friday night (early Saturday UK time) and continue on my quest for a title!
Welcome to my first Blog Post! After months of talking and planning I am excited to tell you all that my new website, blog and clothing line is now under way.
As some of you may know I have the biggest fight of my career lined up on July the 7th in Las Vegas ….something most young fighters can only dream of.
I have now been away at the American Top Team gym in Fort Lauderdale America for five weeks, with just three weeks left of my fight camp. Back in January I made the HUGE decision to leave my gym in Manchester to go over to A.T.T, which at the time seemed a big leap to make. However I can honestly say it has been the best decision I have made so far in my fight career! I have got to meet and train with some of the best in the business… and to be the best, we must train with the best!
I have never had any doubt in my ability, however since being at A.T.T my fight game has already changed dramatically (which, I think you will agree showed in my last fight). I am now onto my second camp and I learn more each day over here. Although it is difficult being so far from my family, being over here I can make the steps I need to reach my goal of World champion.
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to the Fighters Retreat in Las Vegas. (Bare in mind that I came from The Republic of Congo and quite literally grew up with nothing, this is the kind of thing you could never imagine would happen in your lifetime) There I got to meet huge names, see all of the amazing UFC facilities and the bright lights of Vegas, not to forget watching Snoop Dogg at a private performance. It was such an amazing experience, one which has just spurred me on to work even harder and make sure that I go all the way in this business!
Over the next four weeks I will be doing regular blogs, updating you on everything going on like diet, training, weight cut, press events, the weigh-ins…. As well as my new fight wear line, so don’t forget to check out my new page regularly!