Round 1 – Diakiese misses with a big leg kick as the first strike of the bout. A moment later he shoots in for a takedown. Borshchev defends well along the fence, but Diakiese doesn’t give up on the attempt. They reverse position a couple of times and Borshchev ends up taking the back of Diakese in a scramble. He lets go and then unloads a series of punches. Diakiese waits for an opening and shoots in for a takedown again. He gets Borshchev down briefly, but sticks with it and brings him down to the canvas again. Borshchev powers up to his feet, but Diakiese lifts him up and slams him down. The same sequence occurs a moment later, this time with Diakiese getting close to taking the back, but settles into side control before Borshchev takes guard, where the round concludes. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Diakiese.
Round 2 – A low kick from Borshchev gets round started. He continues to fire off another pair as Diakiese looks for the range. A moment later, Diakiese shoots in and gets another takedown easily. Working from side control, Diakiese threatens an arm triangle, but Borshchev defends and gets back to guard. Borshchev eventually gets feet on the hips, pushes off, and explodes up to one knee, but Diakiese remains heavy and sticks with him. Borshchev gets back to his feet in the scramble, however, Diakiese drags him back down to the mat. Once again, Borshchev gets to his feet, but Diakiese stays attacked and drags him down again, this time looking for another arm triangle choke. Borshchev shakes it off and Diakiese scrambles to his back. Diakiese lands a couple of punches from the top before the round ends. MMA Junkie scores the round 10-9 for Diakiese.
Round 3 – Borshchev presses forward early and lands a leg kick as Diakiese circles on the outside. Borshchev doesn’t let his hands go in anticipation of the takedown, and Diakiese gives him what he was waiting for, bringing the fight to the ground again. Diakiese works from guard and looks to wrap an arm behind the back of Borshchev, but is unsuccessful. The crowd grows restless as Diakiese lays in guard. Borshchev gets back to his feet for a moment, but Diakiese sticks to him, lifts, and dumps him to the mat again. It’s all about control for Diakiese here, as he outwrestles Borshchev at every turn. An arm triangle submission attempt was there for a moment, but Diakiese settled for control until the round expired. The crowd didn’t love it, but it the dominant wrestling display comes to an end as the final horn sounds. MMA Junkie scores the final round 10-9 Diakiese, giving him the fight 30-27.
Result: Marc Diakiese def. Viacheslav Borshchev via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Pictures: Marc Diakiese def. Viacheslav Borshchev at UFC on ESPN 33: Best photos
Records: Viacheslav Borshchev (6-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Marc Diakiese (15-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC)
Referee: Gary Copeland
judging: Sal D’Amato, Mike Bell, Andrew Adkins