UFC: Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Alves Set For September 4

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 17: Marc Diakiese of the Democratic Republic of the Congo poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 17, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

A pair of UFC lightweights will look to get back in the win column in September.

Michael Morgan from WoahTV was first to report that Marc Diakiese will fight Rafael Alves on September 4 at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event. Alves would confirm the news on his Instagram story.

Diakiese (14-4) has not been in action since his loss against Rafael Fiziev last year on ‘Fight Island.’ “Bonecrusher” would lose a unanimous decision in his only fight of the year. The loss to Fiziev would snap Diakiese’s two-fight win streak.

Alves (19-10) was unsuccessful in his UFC debut against Damir Ismagulov back in May. “The Turn” would lose a unanimous decision in March, which snapped his five-fight win streak. Alves made headlines earlier this year when he missed weight by 11.5 pounds which was the biggest miss in UFC history.

No location, venue, or broadcast details have yet to be announced by the promotion for UFC’s September 4 event, although it is heavily rumored to be UFC’s return to London.

The September 4 fight card now includes the following reported bouts:

  • Khalil Rountree Jr. vs. Modestas Bukauskas
  • Nathaniel Wood vs. Jonathan Martinez
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Paul Craig
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Alves

While not announced, the entire August 14 card will probably move to this card, including Darren Till vs. Derek Brunson and others.