Cyrille Diabaté (18-8-1) knows a knockout win against Fábio Maldonado (18-5) may not be his best bet in their fight, so he aims for a decision victory.
“I won’t look for the KO,” said Diabaté to TATAME. “If it comes it comes. When I try too hard to knock my opponent out I’m not as relaxed and the KO doesn’t come. So I’m going to work on my skills, try and dominate in all areas of MMA and win my fight against Maldonado.”
Diabaté is 3-2 since he debuted for the UFC in 2010. He was scheduled to fight Jörgen Kruth (5-0) at UFC on Fuel TV 5, but Kruth retired earlier this month. After Maldonado won in his UFC debut, he lost his last two fights via decision. The two will fight at UFC 154.
“I’ve always done well against brawlers so I’m confident I’ll be able to win this one,” said Diabaté. “He’s an exciting fighter to watch and I’m sure the fight will be a fan favorite.”