Two of the UFC’s most exciting lightweights seem pretty close to a fight, if Twitter is any gauge.
The recently victorious Marc Diakiese (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) today exchanged unpleasantries on social media. Diakiese said he’s now working to put them in the octagon soon.
It all started at the post-event press conference for this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107, where Diakiese pulled off a highlight reel knockout of Teemu Packalen in just 30 seconds, winning a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.
During a backstage media scrum, a reporter from Irish MMA website SevereMMA.com received a text from Felder saying he wanted to fight Diakiese and passed it along.
Diakiese did not take kindly to the message and cursed Felder. Today on Twitter, he vented again, writing “It shows how much of a coward you are, instead off calling me out yourself, your asking for somebody else to do it #firstrndko.”
Soon, Felder wrote back, and they were off to the races.
“I’m about action not shit talk. U can talk all that shit u want. Sign a contract and I’ll be there. #putuporshutup #justletmeknowwhen.”
After another back-and-forth, Diakiese apparently had seen all he needed to see. He had gone from talk to action.
“@felderpaul you cowboy wannabe, I’m working on it and I’ll see you very shortly.”
Predictably, Felder gave him a nice sendoff.
If booked, the matchup certainly suggests a “Fight of the Night” result possibility. Diakiese, after all, isn’t the only bonus winner of the two. Felder has three in eight octagon appearances, including a “Performance of the Night” winner against Alessandro Ricci at UFC Fight Night 105.
Like Diakiese, Felder has won praise for his explosive and unconventional striking attack. But Diakiese remains unbeaten after 12 professional fights, while Felder is 3-1 in his last four outings.
Diakiese said he wants to return to the octagon this summer, targeting a May return for UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden or in July for a yet-unnumbered Fight Night event in Scotland.
The pair are on a similar timeline for an octagon return. Now, someone at the UFC’s office just needs to make it happen.http://mmajunkie.com/2017/03/ufc-lightw ... inevitable