Coming back from his first win in the UFC, Rafael Fiziev fought Marc Diakiese on the main card of UFC’s “Fight Night” on Saturday. Here’s how their matchup went.
Bout 10: Marc Diakiese (14-3) vs. Rafael Fiziev (7-1) (Lightweight)
Fiziev got a takedown from a clinch in the second minute of the fight. They got up halfway through the round. Fiziev stopped a takedown in the fourth minute, getting his own takedown. landing in half guard. Diakiese started to bleed from the nose from the position. Fiziev landed a body kick, one of the many in the fight that was fast and loud. The fight ended on the feet.
Fiziev was able to walk down Diakiese with strikes in the second round. He showed good defence, being able to bend his torse backwards dramatically to dodge a kick in a “Matrix” fashion. A large portion of the striking from Fiziev worked on calf kicks and body strikes.
Diakiese’s last round was his best as he landed with punches to the head and dictated the pace for most of the round. The fast-paced striking went until the time ran out in the round. A unanimous decision favoured Fiziev at the end (30-27, 29-28 & 29-28).
RESULT: Rafael Fiziev def. Marc Diakiese via Decision, Unanimous
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