Latifi made an unexpected debut on April 6 when original
main-eventer Alexander Gutafsson was not allowed to participate due
to a facial cut he suffered in a training session. That decision to
disqualify Gustafsson — made by the Swedish MMA Federation — came
just four days before the fight.
Latifi, who is a teammate of Gustafsson’s accepted the
opportunity, but lost in a unanimous decision to Gegard
The loss dropped the 30-year-old’s record to 7-3 overall,
and since then, he’s been rehabilitating a knee injury.
In Diabate, he’ll be taking on a striking specialist with
a 19-9-1 record. In his last outing, which came against Jimi
Manuwa, Diabate suffered an untimely calf injury that forced him to
give up after the end of the first round. Prior to that, he’d
won two straight.
Diabate just turned 40 years old.
The March 8, 2014 show is set for the 02 Arena in London.
Gustafsson and Manuwa will face off in the main event, and for
Gustafsson, a UFC light-heavyweight championship opportunity lies
in the balance.