Marc Diakiese is determined to bolster his status as the human highlight reel in his latest UFC outing – but more for himself than fight fans.
The Armthorpe mixed martial arts fighter is set to take on Drakker Klose in Las Vegas on a bill topped by the final of the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter series in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Diakiese has rapidly made a name for himself in the MMA world thanks to brutal stoppages and audacious slams, earning a reputation as a must-see prospect in the sport.
But he claims no one enjoys watching his highlights more than he does.
“There is a reputation about me but I’m doing it for myself,” the lightweight told The Star.
“I get a kick out of watching those highlights as much as anyone so I want a few more to watch.
“So my prediction for this fight is a knockout with plenty of action from me that’s going to be worth watching.”
Despite the devastating striking which earned him the nickname of Bonecrusher, the 24-year-old is incredibly laid back.
And that means he is taking his debut in the fighting capital of the world in his stride.
He said: “It’ll be good to fight in Las Vegas but I’ve not thought about it too much.
“I’m focused on getting in there, putting on a show, getting the win and pushing on for a title.
“That’s what I want.”
Watch Marc in action at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Johnson vs. Gaethje live on BT Sport on Sunday 9th July from 2am BST or catch the Early Prelims exclusively on UFC Fight Pass from 12am BST on Saturday night.