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Marc Diakiese shows off his educated feet during kicking drill

British lightweight star has a host of punch-based KOs on his record. Could a head-kick finish be on the horizon?



British star Marc Diakiese is alive and kicking as a serious threat in the UFC’s 155lb lightweight division, as his latest Instagram video proves.

The former BAMMA Lonsdale lightweight champion finished his last two domestic-level opponents by KO in a combined 60 seconds before getting the call up to the big leagues with the UFC.

And the man known as the ‘Bonecrusher’ hasn’t eased off under the bright lights of the octagon.

Wins over Lucasz Sajewski and Frankie Perez teed up a bout with Finland’s Teemu Packalen at UFC Fight Night 107 in London, where he promised a quick finish, even predicting a spinning back-kick KO during media day earlier in the week.

He came pretty close to landing that very kick, but while Packalen managed to avoid it sufficiently on that occasion, he had no answer for a fastball right hand that sent the Finn crashing to the canvas in slow motion.

And the Brit, who has been training with American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida in a bid to further sharpen his skills, showcased some of his kicking techniques in a recent Instagram video.

We’ve seen one-punch KO’s and blistering multi-punch combinations from Diakiese in recent fights, but will we soon see a head-kick KO added to his highlight reel in the near future?

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 19 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.