The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, March 26, 2022, for UFC Fight Night 205.
This event is going down live from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Headlining the card is a heavyweight contest between a pair of ranked contenders in Curtis Blaydes (No. 4) and Chris Daukaus (No. 9).
Co-headlining the event is a women’s flyweight bout between another pair of ranked contenders, Joanne Calderwood (No. 7) and Alexa Grasso (No. 9).
Opening up the main card tonight was a lightweight bout between talented strikers Marc Diakiese and Vlacheslav Borshchev. Diakiese is one of the craftier strikers we’ve seen in the sport, while Borshchev is a former professional kickboxer. This is going to be a good one!
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Continue reading to see how this epic contest went down:
Official Result: Marc Diakiese def. Vlacheslav Borshchev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Diakiese shoots on a takedown ten seconds into the first round, which is initially stuffed. He had Borshchev pressed into the fence for much of round one, attempting takedowns, which Borshchev was very impressively fighting off.
However, toward the middle of the round, Diakiese is able to secure his takedown and remain on top for the rest of the round. Borshchev is looking very tired going into round two.
Borshchev opens up the second with three consecutive calf kicks, but he’s taken down again one minute in, and is again controlled the entire round. He’s able to stand up a couple times, to our surprise, while he’s exhausted, but isn’t able to separate and is dragged back down.
Diakiese waits 40 seconds into round three until he shoots on, and secures another takedown.
Diakiese showed us a good game plan tonight, though it’s not the fight we per se wanted, or thought would happen.
But, he has been a mixed martial artist for nearly a decade, while this is still a new venture for the former kickboxer.
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