Diakiese delighted with winning UFC debut

Winning start: Marc Diakiese.
Winning start: Marc Diakiese.

Hemsworth teacher Marc Diakiese made a successful UFC debut when he beat Poland’s Lukasz Sajewski inside two rounds at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

In a thrilling lightweight contest the 23-year-old Hemsworth ASW Gym mixed martial arts teacher had some defending to do in the opening round, but went on the offensive in the second and forced a stoppage from the referee to win his first fight after moving up to the elite UFC organisation.

After celebrating with a standing backflip, Diakiese said: “This is the best feeling in the world.

“I’ve worked so hard for this moment and now it’s here and I’m starting to enjoy it. I’ve got great fans behind me – the support is amazing.

“I’m going to work to bring the belt to the UK for the fans. In the UFC, you’ve got to entertain. UK fans like to see great fights and that’s what I’m looking to give them.

“Whatever UFC gives me next, I’m here. I’m looking to take on anybody and clean up the division.”

Sajewski, whose record in MMA now reads 13 wins from 16 fights, was a late substitute after intended opponent Reza Madadi had to pull out and he proved awkward in the first round.

He initially nullified the attacks of the Hemsworth man and took him to the mat. Lying on his back, Diakiese found himself briefly smothered, but he managed to get out of danger and had some success himself to show he was still in the contest.

Diakiese then showed why he has an unbeaten MMA record as he began to connect with some big strikes in the second round and gradually got on top.

Once in control he did not let up, connecting with some heavy right hands that forced the Polish fighter back.

Diakiese proceeded to land strikes at will and forced referee Leon Roberts to stop the fight on the 4:40 mark after pushing Sajewski up against the cage and unloading with a variety of hooks and uppercuts that dropped him to one knee.