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Marc Diakiese announces he’s signed new contract with UFC

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A much-needed win for Marc Diakiese has led to a new UFC contract.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-London-Diakiese vs Duffy Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

When Marc Diakiese fought Joseph Duffy at UFC London in March, his future with the promotion was potentially on the line. Not only did he get a crucial victory, he now has a new contract.

Diakiese (13-3) confirmed the news on his official Twitter account earlier this week.

The Englishman (by way of the Democratic Republic of Congo) was signed by the UFC in 2016 as a highly touted lightweight prospect. He starred in BAMMA, getting a couple of big knockouts along the way, and his UFC career started off with a TKO of Lukasz Sajewski at UFC 204. A decision win over Frankie Perez, followed by a superb KO of Teemu Packalen extended his UFC record to 3-0, and 12-0 overall in MMA.

Things took a turn for the worse for the 26-year-old, as he dropped a split decision to Drakkar Klose in July of 2017. He was later choked out by Dan Hooker at UFC 219, then lost a decision to Nasrat Haqparast last July. In must-win territory against Duffy at UFC London two months ago, he turned in an outstanding performance and won a shutout decision. Back in the win column on his birthday, Diakiese was overcome with emotion when the official verdict was read, as if a massive weight had been lifted off his shoulders.

While it is “time to get to work” for Diakiese, he does not have a fight booked as of this writing, although perhaps that will change soon.