Sources close to the fight have disclosed to whoatv that a bout between Marc ‘The Bonecrusher’ Diakiese and Brazil’s Alan Patrick has been agreed for July 18th. This event will be the third event put on at fight island.
Earlier today, Dana White finally unveiled fight island’s location as Yas Island and announced the four dates that the island will host as the 11th, 15th, 18th and 25th. A middleweight contest between Kelvin Gastelum and Jack Hermansson has reportedley been agreed to for the same card.
Diakiese comes into July 18th off of a recent career turnaround. Following three consecutive losses, Diakiese took some time out from the sport and now has put together back-to-back wins against Joseph Duffy and Lando Vanatta. A fan favourite since his debut in 2016, ‘The Bonecrusher’ has had a frustrating year so far, unable to get back in the cage as soon as he had hoped for due to his fight at UFC London being cancelled following the outbreak of Covid-19.
Brazil’s Alan Patrick will make the walk to the octagon for the 8th time and comes in following a KO loss to Scott Holtzman in October of 2018. Before this extended lay-off, Patrick had improved his record to 15-1 with three straight decision wins before running into Holtzman. Stevie Ray and Damir Hadzovic made of two of those three wins.
Diakiese has feuded with Scotland’s Stevie Ray for some time, leading up to their announced fight for UFC London. This ‘battle of Britain’ was one of the most anticipated fights before the event was cancelled and many hoped it would be rescheduled following the tension between the two men. For evidence of this intensity, check out the clip below: