Marc Diakiese has pledged to come back better than ever after suffering the first defeat of his mixed martial arts career.
The Armthorpe fighter was on the wrong end of a split points decision against Drakkar Klose in Las Vegas on Friday night at the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter Finale show.
While it was hardly what he would have wanted from his debut in the fight capital of the world, Diakiese insists he will continue with his dream of winning a world title.
“Won’t change what I believe in,” he wrote on Twitter. “Haters are going to hate but trust me, I’ll be back. Thanks to those that support me.”
There was plenty of needle between Diakiese and Klose in the build-up to the fight with verbal exchanges and a scuffle following the weigh-in.
Diakiese has quickly built a reputation as one of the most exciting strikers in the sport and came out swinging from the start.
But it was Klose who had the greater effect, with stinging leg kicks which seemed to take the edge off Diakiese.
The Congo-born fighter was down twice courtesy of kicks to the leg and it took away the strength of his own strikes.
It left Diakiese needing a stoppage in the final round and he emerged strong, landing a switch kick.
Klose was comfortable however, taking a couple of sharp lefts and managing to escape a choke attempt with the clock winding down.
The American took two 29-28 decisions from the scorecards with Diakiese awarded the same tally on the other.
Basking in his win, Klose labelled all English fighters ‘bums’ though he did retract his comments later in the night. He continued however to be less than complimentary towards Diakiese, saying: “I knew he wasn’t going to be as tough as everyone thought.”