Under The Radar: Joe Duffy vs Marc Diakiese
By Ben Jessop
The UFC returns to London this weekend with one of the best cards the UK has been treated to for quite some time. We’ve been given a plethora of talent, along with a set of home-grown potential stars to look out for.
With a strong main card, along with stacked pre-lims it’s easy for a good fight to be overshadowed unless you’re looking out for it. An England/Ireland battle takes place on the prelims between England’s Marc Diakiese and Ireland’s Joe Duffy, where both fighters are coming off of losses, it has all the promise of a solid war to get a desperately needed win on the record but for some reason the fight hasn’t quite had the traction, even from UK fans, that you would expect.
Oddly enough, despite his reputation for fast finishes a large proportion of Diakiese’s bouts have actually gone to the scorecard leaving him with a record of 12-3, with all three of these losses coming in his last three fights, Diakiese really cannot afford to allow this three-fight slide to turn into four. The lightweight division leaves no room for error and losing streaks are a bad look when battling to get close to the top fifteen.
Joe Duffy is coming off of a loss himself, to the lightweight contender James Vick back in November of 2017, he also required shoulder surgery the next February and had to pull out of a matchup with Ross Pearson in Adelaide due to a rib injury this past December, so cage rust might also be an issue here.
Duffy does flaunt a strong 16-3 record with a mixture of decisions, submissions and TKO’s so anything really is possible.
A win for either fighters gives them a chance to stop the losing slide and begin their ascent towards the top fifteen in arguably the most stacked division in the entire promotion.
It’s hard to call this fight, both fighters are explosive and have the ability to go the distance so I’m looking forward to a strong, unpredictable bout.