Ever since he returned to England after suffering his first career defeat at the hands of Drakkar Klose, Marc Diakiese has continued to hone his skills in London with Brad Pickett’s Titan Mixed Martial Arts team as well as London Shootfighters.
A resident of Doncaster, Diakiese makes the 2 1/2-hour drive to London once a week, where he stays for three days, before returning to home.
“I’ve been working with the likes of Jimmy Wallhead and Michael Page,” Diakiese told MMAFighting.com.
“There are a lot of decent lads to train with in London, so it just makes sense for me to get out here while I’m not in camp.
“Obviously, when camp kicks in, I’ll spend the last 6-to-8 weeks preparing in Florida with ATT.”
As for his thoughts on his loss to Klose at the TUF: Redemption Finale, Diakiese hopes to learn from his mistakes and insisted that the defeat has not changed his goal of becoming a UFC champion.
“I’m not going to make excuses. Some people thought I won the first and third round, and some people think I lost them,” he said.
“I was never one of those guys that was so proud of being undefeated. I was always geared towards performance. I didn’t really care about my record.
“To me, it doesn’t make any difference, I know my goal and I know my target. Nothing has changed for me. I still believe that I will be a UFC champion.
“Against Drakkar, I was trying to pick my shots a lot. He kept snapping away at my front leg, and I’ve got to give it to him; it was a good game plan.
“There’s a lot to work on based on what happened in that fight, and I’m excited to get back in there and show everybody my improvements the next time I fight.”
Diakiese is the first to admit that getting a rematch against Klose is unlikely, but he still would like to set the record straight if the UFC allows the fight to go ahead.
“I’ve read an interview with him and he said that he doesn’t want a rematch, that’s how f**king badly he wants to hold onto that win.
“Instead of fighting me again, he said he wants me to train with him. You know, go up to his gym and work with him, but I’m not really into that.
“I would like the rematch, but I know how hard it is to get rematches in the UFC. I know I’m the better fighter. If I can get it, that would be great, but at the same time, I know it’s probably not likely with the UFC.
“Even at that, it’s not really a pressing issue for me. I just want to train and enjoy myself at the moment,” Diakiese said.
Presently, the Congolese-born lightweight is fully committed to improving his skill set, and he feels a return to the Octagon can wait until December as he tries to take his abilities to the next level.
“I’ve been talking with my manager and I want to get back in there in December. After the loss, I just want to the take time to improve. I know what I’m capable if I start focusing on certain things.”