Welcome to CagedInsider’s coverage of UFC Fight Night 134, which comes to us from Hamburg, Germany, but sadly has very few hamburgers on the card. The main event will see grizzled old Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua take on young upstart Anthony Smith, which, honestly, that could be a slaughter for either man, depending upon which version of Shogun shows up.
First at bat: The heavily hyped Mark Diakiese versus Afghanistan fighter Nasrat Haqparast.
Haqparast has had one appearance in the Octagon, and it ended with a loss via decision to former Bellator stud Marcin Held. Diakiese was a hot potato plucked from the UK circuit when he first appeared in the UFC, but after three impressive wins he lost to Drakkar Klose and Dan Hooker. Can the train get back on track?
Diakiese may be and explosive striker, but Haqparast simply does not give a crap, and walks through Diakiese’s kicks and punches to box the hell out of him. There’s very nearly a stoppage at the end of Round 2, with the Afghani fighter on the cusp of putting his foe to sleep with his fists, but Diakiese is saved by the bell.
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Still, the beating continues through the third, and Haqparast gets the clear-cut decision and the honor of making sure the Mark Diakiese Hype Train stays dead.
Results: Nasrat Haqparast def. Mark Diakiese via Unanimous Decision