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We have a showdown in the Lightweight division, as Marc “Bonecrusher” Diakiese takes on Viacheslav “Slava Claus” Borshchev. Coming into this bout on a two-fight skid and a loser of five of his last seven, this may be Diakiese’s last stand. An unfortunate circumstance, especially considering the buzz around him when he won his first three fights inside the octagon. Meanwhile, Borshchev comes into fight off a successful UFC debut. One in which he stopped Dakota Bush in the opening round via a liver punch. With four straight wins heading in, the momentum is in Borshchev’s favor.

As for a prediction, I have Borshchev winning. While there was a time where Diakiese seemed destined for greatness, that notion has seemingly faded. A talented and dynamic striker, Diakiese has made his living off beating opponents on the feet. Of late, that hasn’t always been the case and it’s why I’m going with Borshchev. A talented striker himself, with a kick boxing background, Borshchev mixes his strikes well with his kicks. Always throwing heat and not one to be held down, Borshchev seems like a guy you need to put away or he will put you out. In a what should be scrap, I believe Diakiese will feel the power and fade after trying to wrestle. Eventually, Borshchev will land a fighting ending blow, winning via knockout.

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