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Marc Diakiese will meet Alan Patrick Silva Alves at lightweight at a UFC event in Abu Dhabi on July 18.
Both Diakiese and Patrick recently confirmed their clash on Instagram. The UFC event takes place at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi — also known as “Fight Island — and is headlined by a flyweight title tilt between Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez.
Diakiese has experienced his share of ups and downs thus far in his promotional tenure. He began his UFC career with three straight victories — including two via KO/TKO — but a three-fight skid would follow. “Bonecrusher” has since rebounded to post decision wins over Josephy Duffy and Lando Vannata in his last two Octagon appearances.
The 36-year-old Patrick hasn’t competed since October 2018, when he had a three-bout winning streak snapped in a knockout loss to Scott Holtzman at UFC 229. The Brazilian is 5-2 over the course of a UFC tenure that began in 2013.
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