UFC star Marc Diakiese happy to hunt in lion’s den after wrestling California shark

DONCASTER UFC fighter Marc Diakiese cannot wait to go hunting in the lion’s den after wrestling California sharks.

The Congo-born star takes on former sparring partner Nasrat Haqparast on Sunday night in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany.

 Marc Diakiese takes on Nasrat Haqparast in Hamburg on Sunday

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Marc Diakiese takes on Nasrat Haqparast in Hamburg on Sunday

The Afghani fighter was the first Hamburg native to be signed by the UFC and his close friendship with the Qatar royal family has ensured up to 40 per cent of the Barclaycard arena will be in his corner.

The pair first crossed paths in a 2015 Sweden sparring session, striking up a passing friendship.

But Haqparast and his team have tried to intimidate Diakiese in the pre-fight build-up, with the new master fisherman insisting he is only talking himself into trouble.

Bonecrusher – who needs a win after consecutive shock losses – told SunSport: “I thought he was a nice lad but I am p***** off with him right now, he’s a nice lad but I get the feeling he has some friends with him now who are trying to act clever and I don’t like that s***.

 Congo-born Doncaster star Diakiese is not happy with his rival

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Congo-born Doncaster star Diakiese is not happy with his rival
 Lightweight Diakiese is welcoming the challenge of fighting away from home

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Lightweight Diakiese is welcoming the challenge of fighting away from home

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“I don’t think it’s him, I think it’s a little gathering of people he has got around him who think they can do whatever they want and they will have to pay.

“I don’t know who his people are, it makes no difference to me. That just tells me he needs support and people to approve of him, to help make him comfortable.

“I call myself a one-man army, the more people that are against me, the more driven I feel.

“I like the idea that thousands of people are booing me but I am in the cage with their guy, just us two and they cannot do anything.

“I like this fight because we were friendly and now he has fired me up.”

Diakiese swaps Doncaster for Florida for fight camps and it’s not just the gruelling Dustin Poirier sparring and sunshine he enjoys.

The flamboyant striker hits the shooting range to kill time but has an even more dangerous new hobby in fishing.

The muscle-bound red-mohicaned lightweight does not look like your typical angler. But he has already taken on Jaws and won.

 Marc Diakiese cannot wait to get his hands on his former sparring partner

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Marc Diakiese cannot wait to get his hands on his former sparring partner

Just out here catching sharks ??

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When asked if shooting had improved his punch accuracy, he said: “No, It’s just something you cannot do at home so I thought I would try it out, it’s only a bit of fun. When I am not training there isn’t much else to do.

“I have made friends with a few guys who like fishing and have a boat so we have started going fishing now at the weekends.

“Am I any good? I caught a shark so I cannot be that bad! I couldn’t catch anything else but I landed that and it was a decent size.”

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The consecutive defeats on Diakiese’s record have left him looking vulnerable but he insists he has matured and learnt in adversity.

Hollywood highlight finishes like the KO delivered to Teemu Packalen at UFC London 2017 might be a bit more rare but Diakiese says we will be seeing a more mature and clever fighter.

He said: “My first loss really hit me but I almost just laughed at my second because I realise it is not just about being tough and aggressive, it is about thinking.

 UFC ace Diakiese needs to land his heavy hands in Hamburg

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UFC ace Diakiese needs to land his heavy hands in Hamburg
 Diakiese needs a return to winning ways in Germany

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Diakiese needs a return to winning ways in Germany

“People watch my wins and think I am good but I watch a lot of them back and see mistakes and almost cannot believe some of the mistakes I was making.

“My shots were not right and my defence was all over the place, I have a better approach now.

“I feel I have matured now and the shots I am throwing are calculated, I am not just throwing for the fun of it.”

See what British lightweight Marc Diakiese hopes to bring to the UFC

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DONCASTER UFC fighter Marc Diakiese cannot wait to go hunting in the lion’s den after wrestling California sharks.