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Marc Diakiese versus Frankie Perez set for UFC Fight Night Albany

Matthew Wells



Fresh off his successful Octagon debut in Manchester at UFC 204, Marc “Bonecrusher” Diakiese (10-0, 1-0 UFC) has his next bout lined up in the UFC.

The undefeated 23-year-old Doncaster native will take on Frankie Perez (10-2, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night Albany on December 9, 2016.

The news was first reported by MMA Mad this morning.

On the preliminary card of UFC 204, Diakiese made his first walk to the Octagon to face Lukasz Sajewski. Perhaps coming out of the gate a little too excited, things didn’t start off as planned for the crowd-pleasing Diakiese who tried a few flashy striking techniques against his opponent. Sajewski avoided well and secured a takedown, eliminating Diakiese’s dangerous striking ability while taking advantage of a question mark in the newcomer’s game. After an unsuccessful opening round in the UFC, Diakiese transformed into a calm and calculated fighter in the second round, who picked apart Sajewski until the referee saw enough. His first fight on the big stage proved he could survive on the ground and make adjustments mid-fight, which are key attributes at the highest level of fighting.

Now, Frankie Perez of New Jersey will share the cage with Diakiese close to his own backyard in Albany.

Training out of Ricardo Almeida Jiu-Jitsu, Perez has twelve professional fights to his record, his last two of which were under the bright lights of the UFC stage. His first outing on short notice against Johnny Case in January 2015 did not go way, as he fell by way of TKO in the third round. However, after a full fight camp less than eight months later, Perez would rebound in spectacular fashion with a first-round TKO stoppage of Sam Stout. Less than a minute into the bout, Perez would catch Stout with a beautiful right hand that dropped Stout, ultimately leading to the finish. With five of his professional wins coming by way of submission, the 27-year-old jiu-jitsu ace will likely attempt to nullify the striking ability of Diakiese by taking this fight to the ground, where he holds the advantage.
Other bouts official for UFC Fight Night Albany include:

  • #10 Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
  • #13 Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Hamilton
  • #3 Raphael Assuncao vs. #8 Aljamain Sterling
  • #13 Patrick Cummins vs. #15 Gian Villante
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Joe Gigliotti
  • #15 Juliana Lima vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • Tiago Trator vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
  • Keith Berish vs. Ryan Janes
  • Charlie Ward vs. Randy Brown
  • #11 Corey Anderson vs. Sean O’Connell
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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.


This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

Harry Davies



The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.

The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.

Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.

Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.

Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.

Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.

With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
  • Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219



Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.

Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.

Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.

After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.

Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.

With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout

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