MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose set for TUF 25 Finale

Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose set for TUF 25 Finale

UFC officials annouced Wednesday that undefeated lightweights Marc Diakiese and Drakkar Klose will clash at the TUF 25 Finale on July 7th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Diakiese (12-0) has won three straight fights in the UFC, notching victories against Łukasz Sajewski, Frankie Perez and most recently Teemu Packalén at UFC Fight Night 107 this March. The former BAMMA lightweight champion has seven stoppage victories in 12 career fights.

Klose (7-0-1) made a successful UFC debut in January, when he earned a unanimous-decision win over Devin Powell at UFC Fight Night 103. The 29-year-old trains at The MMA Lab in Arizona and has won four of his fights by knockout

Here’s an updated look at the card…

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 25” welterweight tournament final
Teruto Ishihara vs. Gray Maynard
Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou
Steve Bosse vs. Jared Cannonier
Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose

Ryan Couture and Neiman Gracie added to Bellator 180 card

Bellator officials announced Wednesday that Ryan Couture will face Haim Gozali while Neiman Gracie will take on David Marfone at Bellator 180 on June 24th at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Couture (10-5) moves up to welterweight for the first time in his career off back-to-back losses. The son of UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture was on a four-fight winning streak prior to those two setbacks.

Gozali (7-3) heads into this matchup a winner of two straight fights and will be making his North American debut. Gracie (5-0), a nephew of Renzo Gracie, has gone undefeated in Bellator with a perfect 3-0 record. The 28-year-old has won four of his five career fights by submission. Marfone (5-2) will be making his Bellator debut.

Here’s an updated look at the card…

Bellator 180 Main Card (Pay-Per-View) 
Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione
Douglas Lima vs. Lorenz Larkin
Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus
Aaron Pico vs. Zach Freeman

Bellator 180 Prelims
Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader
Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali
Neiman Gracie will take on David Marfone

Written by James Lynch

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