Marc Diakiese is favored over Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Fight Night 134 on Sunday night in Hamburg, Germany. This event is one of six on the main card on FS1. Haqparast is 8-2 in his career, while Diakiese is 12-2 in his career. There are a total of six fights on the main card on FS1, with the headliner a bout between Maurício Rua and Anthony Smith. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the bout between Haqparast and Diakiese and UFC predictions.
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Nasrat Haqparast (8-2, 0-1 UFC)
Haqparast came into the UFC with a record of 8-1. In his last four fights, he has three wins and one loss. He defeated Lampros Pistikos by TKO, Patrik Berisha by TKO, and Ruslan Kalyniuk by TKO; while losing to Marcin Held by unanimous decision in October of 2017. Haqparast has been a pro since 2012 and has eight wins by TKO/KO. He has six first round finishes.
Marc Diakiese (12-2, 3-2 UFC)
Diakiese came into the UFC with a record of 9-0 and he has three wins and two losses in the UFC. He defeated Lukasz Sajewski by TKO, Frankie Perez by unanimous decision, and Teemu Packalén by TKO; while losing to Drakkar Klose by split decision and Dan Hooker by submission. Diakiese has been a pro since 2013 and has six wins by TKO/KO and one by submission. He has six first round finishes.
Diakiese said this to express.co.uk. about his upcoming fight against Haqparast, “This is my first fight of the year and I’ve used my time off to focus on myself. I have focused on what needs to improve and I have done that. I am going to take my time and play to my strengths. But now I think I am the better striker. Eight knockouts makes him very dangerous because he is finishing fights. Coming up against me is going to be his biggest challenge. His first fight in the UFC seemed very comfortable. When we trained together I was the wrestler and he was the striker. I’m going to put on a performance and I want to get the finish and get the win.”
Strikes landed per minute: Haqparast 1.80 / Diakiese 2.38
Accuracy: Haqparast 36% / Diakiese 39%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Haqparast 1.27/ Diakiese 1.93
Defense: Haqparast 78% / Diakiese 56%
Takedown average: Haqparast 1.00 / Diakiese 2.65
Accuracy: Haqparast 100% / Diakiese 36%
Takedowns defended: Haqparast 70% / Diakiese 57%
Submission average: Haqparast 0.0 / Diakiese 0.0
Haqparast lost his UFC debut in October of 2017 and has not fought since. It is hard to pick him considering he hasn’t done much. Diakiese has fought five times in the UFC, but he has lost his last two fights. Oddmakers have Diakiese favored and I agree, so I will lay the price. I will also play the rounds to go under the total.
UFC Fight Night 134 takes place on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The main card has six fights on FS1, featuring Maurício Rua taking on Anthony Smith. There are seven fights on the preliminary card with four on FS1 and three on UFC Fight Pass.
Main Card (FS1)
Light Heavyweight – Anthony Smith -235 vs. Maurício Rua
Light Heavyweight – Glover Teixeira -180 vs. Corey Anderson
Middleweight – Abu Azaitar -180 vs. Vitor Miranda
Heavyweight – Marcin Tybura -250 vs. Stefan Struve
Welterweight – Danny Roberts -400 vs. David Zawada
Lightweight – Marc Diakiese -178 vs. Nasrat Haqparast
Preliminary Card (FS1)
Lightweight – Nick Hein -170 vs. Damir Hadžovic
Welterweight – Emil Weber Meek -160 vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Featherweight - Nad Narimani -245 vs. Khalid Taha
Light Heavyweight – Justin Ledet -138 vs. Aleksandar Rakic
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Bantamweight – Manny Bermudez -245 vs. Davey Grant
Light Heavyweight – Darko Stošic -270 vs. Jeremy Kimball
Bantamweight - Liu Pingyuan -126 vs. Damian Stasiak
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