Marc Diakiese is back in action on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night London, facing Joe Duffy in a lightweight division affair.
The fighter will enter the bout on a three fight losing streak, plans plans on entering the win column on Saturday.
“It’s my job at the end of the day, and I love doing it,” Diakiese said at the UFC Fight Night London media day (via John Morgan & Abbey Subhan of MMA Junkie). “You come to that moment, you lose a fight, but it’s how you come back. I’ve just been working on the mental side very hard, jut trying to come back, and that’s what I’m going to try to do. I still feel the passion for it. Now I know it’s not just about being tough. It’s about being smart in the cage, as well, and having a team around you, which I’m doing.”
Diakiese also made changes to his personal life and the fighter believes that will play a factor in London.
“I don’t want to blame it on personal life or anything, but I just feel like it’s all in general, certain things I’ve needed changing, which I’ve done,” Diakiese said. “It’s more of just the environment I’m at. Professionally, I have family, like you said, I like to be around them. It’s just nice to feel like I go to the gym, and I leave and I go see my family after that. I’ve got free time to enjoy myself, as well.”
UFC Fight Night London takes place on Saturday, March 16 from the 02 Arena in London, England with Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.