In an eventful UFC London matchup, Joel Alvarez secured a victory in somewhat controversial circumstances. The Spanish lightweight, Joel Alvarez, squared off against Marc Diakiese at The O2 Arena on Saturday, engaging in an exciting back-and-forth battle for nearly 10 minutes. However, the turning point occurred in the second round when Alvarez and Diakiese accidentally clashed heads with only a minute left on the clock.
“Bonecrusher” Diakiese immediately protested, believing that a foul had taken place. However, referee Dan Movahedi disagreed, signaling to both fighters to continue the bout. Seizing the opportunity, Alvarez pressed forward, launching a fierce attack on Diakiese both on the feet and the ground. He skillfully executed a tight D’arce choke, forcing Diakiese to submit.
The finishing sequence of the fight can be seen below.
With this victory, Alvarez (20-3) now boasts a 5-2 record under the UFC banner, showcasing a 100 percent finishing rate inside the octagon. Notable wins include first-round victories over Joe Duffy and Thiago Moises.
On the other hand, Diakiese (16-7) suffered his first defeat on English soil as an MMA fighter, breaking his previously flawless 12-fight run dating back to his professional debut in 2013. His UFC record now stands at 7 wins and 7 losses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Controversial
Q: What happened during the UFC London matchup between Joel Alvarez and Marc Diakiese?
Q: How did the referee handle the alleged foul incident?
A: Referee Dan Movahedi did not acknowledge the alleged foul when Alvarez and Diakiese clashed heads. He instructed both fighters to continue the bout despite Diakiese’s immediate protest.
Q: What was Joel Alvarez’s performance record in the UFC?
A: Joel Alvarez holds an impressive 5-2 record under the UFC banner. He boasts a 100 percent finishing rate inside the octagon, including notable first-round wins over Joe Duffy and Thiago Moises.
Q: How did the match impact Marc Diakiese’s record?
A: Prior to the fight, Marc Diakiese had a perfect 12-fight run dating back to his professional debut in 2013. Unfortunately, his loss to Joel Alvarez marked his first defeat on English soil as an MMA fighter, bringing his UFC record to 7 wins and 7 losses.