Latifi vs. Diabate set for UFC Fight Night in London on Mar. 8

The UFC’s most infamous recent headliner will get another

opportunity to make a name for himself in the promotion. Ilir



target="_blank">who stepped into a UFC On FUEL TV event in

April on just a few days’ notice, is finally set for a

return when he takes on Cyrille Diabate


March 8 in London.

The UFC announced the fight on Thursday.

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.