UFC Vet Marc Diakiese Signs Exclusive, Multi-Fight Deal with PFL

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Marc Diakiese, UFC London ceremonial weigh-in, July 2023 Credit: Jamie Theodosi/Cageside Press

The Professional Fighters League announced its latest free agent signing on Saturday, bringing UFC vet Marc Diakiese onto the PFL Newcastle broadcast to reveal he had signed with the promotion.

The exclusive, multi-fight deal will see Diakiese fight in 2024 before entering the 2025 PFL Global Season, promotion officials confirmed in a press release distributed immediately after Saturday’s announcement.

“I am proud to call PFL my new home, and I can’t wait to get started. I plan to debut in the SmartCage later this year to announce my arrival to the roster, and then I will enter the regular season where I’m coming for that one million dollar prize money,” Marc Diakiese was quoted as saying in the PFL’s press release. “I back myself at Lightweight, and I’m coming for everyone. This weight class is mine for the taking, and I feel the PFL Championship has my name all over it in 2025.”

Diakiese (17-7), a.k.a. “Bonecrusher,” is a British national who fights out of Doncaster. Joining the UFC in 2016, he racked up an 8-7 record for the company, and most recently picked up a win against Kauê Fernandes in November. Diakiese was recently removed from the UFC’s active roster, but had never been announced as cut, and coming off a win may simply have fought out his deal and opted to sign elsewhere.

The 31-year old holds notable wins over Joe Duffy and Lando Vannata, among others.