Understandably, the names up in lights on Saturday night read “Aspinall”, “Hermansson”, “Pimblett” and “McCann”, but provided those lights don’t blind you, look a little further and you’ll find a delightful match-up between Marc Diakiese and Damir Hadžović. With both fighters coming off the back of a win, and likely to keep the fight standing, it has all the necessary ingredients to whet the appetite ahead of the main card.
Having seemingly lost his way in recent years, Marc Diakiese returns to the O2 Arena for the first time since his 2019 win over Joseph Duffy. After defeating Lando Vannata later that year, defeats to now top contenders Rafael Fiziev and Rafael Alves left Diakiese in need of a reset. By going back to basics and ensuring his head was screwed firmly on, Diakiese convincingly dismantled Viacheslav Borshchev in March, with an unexpected, yet very impressive display of wrestling. In his 8 fights between 2017-2022, Diakiese only completed 9 takedowns, against Borshchev, he completed 11.
Diakiese will be hoping to follow that victory up with another one on Saturday night. But standing in his way will be The Bosnian Bomber, Damir Hadžović. As the nickname suggests, Hadžović, much like his opponent, is primarily a striker, and is riding on the back of a wave, having won his previous outing. That decision victory came over Yancy Medeiros, who has since left the UFC.
This is a match-up that plays into Diakiese’s hands, he has power, speed and reflexes all in his favour, and if the fight takes place on the mat at any stage, it’s likely to be on his terms. Should Diakiese use his experience, remain patient and not go head hunting straight away, I think he has this one in the bag. Hadžović is a dangerous man though, and he’ll believe he can shut Diakiese’s lights out, which he can do, just ask Marcin Held.
Prediction: Marc Diakiese via U-DEC.
Regardless of any lights going out in this fight however, UFC London promises to shine them brightly on some of the UK’s finest MMA stars.
Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8
Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.
Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.
BREAKING: Due to the inability to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom, Denis Goltsov and Magomed Umalatov will be replaced by alternates @chosenjuan285 & @PostmanTaylor. #PFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/Oj7PAfu6sy— PFL (@PFLMMA) August 11, 2022
PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.
PFL 8 Full Card
Post Main Card European Qualifiers:
Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone
Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis
Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu
Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci
Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov
Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira
Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel
Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal
Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada
Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik
Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg
Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil
PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg
After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.
Fans want the fight— Donn Davis (@DonnDavisPFL) August 10, 2022
Fighters want the fight
I have watched and listened … @PFLMMA will provide all money and handle all matters @KaylaH v @criscyborg
$1M each fighter + $2M winner bonus
PPV Super Fight … no more talk … decide the best inside the cage#KaylaCyborg
Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.
Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.
Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.
Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.
Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!
The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.
Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.
If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.
History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.
Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.
Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.
Stay tuned for more fight announcements.
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