On Saturday November 4, Allstar Training Center’s Marc Diakiese faces Kaue Fernandes at UFC Sao Paulo.
In an exclusive interview with Frontkick’s Vidar Redmond, the UFC veteran gave his thoughts about the upcoming fight before leaving for Florida where he will finish the camp.
“He’s from LFA, he just got signed. I want to fight this fight. It’s not a fight I would take usually because I’m always looking to move forward, but he’s an up-and-comer, he looks good, he’s got two good finishes,” Diakiese says.
In his last bout, at UFC London this past July, the British fighter took a tough loss to Joel Alvarez.
“I’m still pissed off about my last fight, I feel robbed. I got headbutted and complained to the referee,” Diakiese says. “But it’s the referee’s job to (look out) for my safety there. There’s nothing I can do, just move forward.”
More than a decade at Allstars
Marc Diakiese started training MMA as a youth to stay out of trouble. At this point of his pro career the British fighter has been training at Allstars for more than a decade.
“I’ve been coming here since I was 18 years old and I’ve always felt welcome,” Diakiese says. “It feels like a home, when I come here I know it’s going to be good.”
“If I come here, I just know I’m going to be fit for the fight. There is no joke here, they are training seriously.”
At age 30, the Brit has 14 UFC fights to his name and fought some of the best lightweights in the world like Dan Hooker, Lando Vannata and Rafael Fiziev.
“It’s been a lot of ups and downs. I learned a lot of life lessons through the UFC,” Diakiese says. “It made me grow as a man, it’s a lot to take but you become somebody. Mentally, I feel like it’s built me into a different person.”