Marc Diakiese hung in there and threatened Rafael Fiziev  with big shots during their bout tonight at UFC Fight Island 2 . But, Fiziev showcased again why his striking has considerable buzz tied to it.
Diakiese scored with a big calfkick early on that stumbled Fiziev. The latter pounded in a kick to the body not long after. Fiziev swept Diakiese to the floor but was unable to score with anything from the top. The fight returned to its feet and Fiziev planted another, hard kick to the body. Another kick to the body by Fiziev and Diakiese shot in. Fiziev sprawled, however, and wound up on top.
Diakiese got back to his feet with a bloodied lip. Fiziev went to the body again before the round ended.
Diakiese threatened with a hard right moments in. Fiziev ducked out of the way of a headkick from Diakiese, Matrix style. Fiziev continued to stay busy with kicks. Moments later Fiziev just missed with a spinning backfist.
Diakiese clinched up later in the round and pushed Fiziev to the cage. Diakiese pushed off and the fight returned to the middle of the Octagon. Nice combo from Diakiese . Fiziev continued to move forward as the round came to an end.
Fiziev pounded in a couple more kicks and Diakiese fired back with punches. More kicks from Fiziev. The latter missed with a big right and changed levels, but Diakiese stepped away. Diakiese spins with a kick but Fiziev ducked it once again. Diakiese looked to take it down but Fiziev defended nicely.
Diakiese tagged Fiziev with a huge right later in the round but he ate it well. Diakiese fired more heavy punches but Fiziev’s defense was on point. Diakiese came with knee in the final 30 seconds and Fiziev just missed with a kick.
Stronger round for Diakiese, but this should be Fiziev’s fight. Fiziev received the unanimous decision nod, as he should have.
UFC Fight Island 2 results
Here are the results so far for UFC Fight Island 2, which is taking place in Abu Dhabi.
Rafael Fiziev def. Marc Diakiese via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ariane Lipski def. Luana Carolina via submission (kneebar) R1, 1:28
Askar Askarov def. Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Roman Dolidze def. Khadis Ibragimov via TKO (knee & punches) R1, 4:15
Grant Dawson def. Nad Darimani via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 29-27)
Joel Alvarez def. Joe Duffy via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 2:25
Brett Johns def. Montel Jackson (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) via unanimous decision
Amir Albazi def. Malcolm Gordon via submission (triangle-choke) R1, 4:42
Arman Tsarukyan def. Davi Ramos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Serghei Spivac def. Carlos Feilpe via majority decision (28-29, 29-27, 29-27)