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Prior to UFC London win, Marc Diakiese wanted to be released

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LONDON - If Marc Diakiese had gotten his wish, he wouldn't have even fought at UFC on ESPN+ 5. A trio of losses made him think he needed time to rebuild himself on the local circuit before getting back to the big show.
“After the last fight, I wanted to get released , because I felt I'm young and learning, but I'm getting beat by mistakes,” Diakiese told reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage at The O2.
Obviously, not getting his wish turned out pretty well. Diakiese snapped his skid with a dominant win over Joseph Duffy , outworking the Irish veteran for a unanimous decision.
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UFC London winner Claudio Silva defends controversial verbal submission of Danny Roberts

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LONDON - Not everybody was happy with the call that gave Claudio Silva a win over Danny Roberts at UFC on ESPN+ 5, but Silva is standing by the referee's decision.
Silva met London's own Roberts in a welterweight bout on the main card of Saturday's event at The O2. Roberts was clearly getting the better of it on the feet until Silva was able to withstand some mean-looking punches and elbows on the ground before locking in the fight-ending armbar in the third round.
Sounds simple enough, but it wasn't.
The issue was that Roberts never tapped and seemed to break free when referee Keven...
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'Don't kick a man when he's down!': Piers Morgan lambasted for poking fun at KO'd Darren Till

'Don't kick a man when he's down!': Piers Morgan lambasted for poking fun at KO'd Darren Till

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Journalist and online provocateur Piers Moran wasted little time in renewing his online spat with UFC star Darren Till following the Englishman's devastating knockout defeat against Jorge Masvidal at UFC London on Saturday night.
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Volkan Oezdemir: 'I clearly won' UFC London fight against Dominick Reyes

Volkan Oezdemir: 'I clearly won' UFC London fight against Dominick Reyes

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LONDON - Volkan Oezdemir needed no more assurance that he came out ahead at UFC on ESPN+ 5 than words from Dominick Reyes ' corner.
“Even the coaches of Reyes came to me before the judges announcement and after the judges announcement and told me I was winning the fight,” Oezdemir told reporters backstage after his split-decision loss to Reyes at UFC on ESPN+5 from The O2. “I don't want to say it's. Maybe I should have produced a little more, but I clearly won the fight.
“I was the better man tonight, and unfortunately the judges didn't see it that way.”
Reyes took home two 29-28 scores...
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5 biggest takeaways from UFC London: Jorge Masvidal's 2-for-1 includes '3-piece with a soda'

5 biggest takeaways from UFC London: Jorge Masvidal's 2-for-1 includes '3-piece with a soda'

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What mattered most at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on Saturday in London? Here's a thing or five...
1. You mickey-fickeys act like you forgot about Jorge Masvidal
All that talk about Darren Till 's big left hand, who knew it was Jorge Masvidal 's that would end up being the fight-ender? Well, maybe Masvidal knew all along. All week leading up to this matchup, even in Till's backyard, he seemed to be trying to find ways to let us know that you forget about his presence in this division at your peril. Just because he's been in this sport since the backyard brawling days of Kimbo Slice, it doesn't mean...
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