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Tale of the tape for Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Fiziev

Marc Diakiese and Rafael Fiziev square off in a lightweight bout on the main card at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, July 18th. We break down the odds.

Marc Diakiese of England stands in his corner between rounds of his lightweight bout against Joe Duffy during the UFC Fight Night event at The O2 Arena on March 16, 2019 in London, England. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

This weekend’s UFC lineup on Fight Island will feature a lightweight matchup between Marc Diakiese and Rafael Fiziev. Both fighters are outside the top 15 and looking to climb the rankings in their weight class.

Diakiese is the more experienced fighter with a 14-3 record. Although his “Bonecrusher” nickname implies that he has bruising strength, he’s only won six fights by way of knockout. Seven of his wins were decisions while one was a submission. He only lands 2.86 strikes per minute and lacks accuracy but also averages 2.5 takedowns per 15 minutes. He began his UFC career with a 12-0 start, but has lost three of his last five fights. A win against Fiziev would extend his winning streak to three fights.

Fiziev is 7-1 and has showcased more destructive power than his opponent. Five of his seven wins have come via knockout. He was also knocked out in the only loss of his career. The sample size for Fiziev is small, but his strikes landed per minute (4.08), striking accuracy (50 percent) has been better than Diakiese’s so far. Fiziev is looking to win a second straight fight after getting his first UFC victory over Alex White via unanimous decision last October.

Here are the betting odds and bet splits so far at DraftKings Sportsbook for Marc Diakiese vs. Rafael Fiziev at UFC Fight Night from Fight Island on July 18th:

Money line odds

Marc Diakiese: -125
Rafael Fiziev: +155

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