When Darian Weeks heard that he was going to Paris, he was elated so as to add one other worldwide expertise to his belt.
Having traveled to Bahrain and Australia in his novice profession, he’d by no means been to that a part of the world. He’d get to combat a world-class opponent in Cedric Duombe, despite the fact that the kickboxer solely has two MMA fights.
After which, the combat fell by means of by no fault of the fighters. In an interview with The AllStar, Weeks defined why the combat fell off the cardboard in addition to what’s subsequent for him.
“The French boxing fee doesn’t enable a fighter with lower than 4 fights combat somebody with greater than 5 fights…so it simply appeared that you realize he didn’t have sufficient MMA fights.”
Regardless of Duombe’s lack of MMA expertise, Weeks felt that his prolonged profession as a kickboxer- eight-three fights- made him greater than able to deal with himself within the cage. He additionally understood that the French Boxing Fee, which oversees MMA occasions, remains to be in a part of being additional cautious: “It being the primary that the UFC’s ever gonna do in Paris, perhaps they simply didn’t need issues to go sideways.”
Whereas one large alternative diminished, one other one shortly materialized as Weeks was quickly re-booked to combat Yohan Lainesse at UFC 279 on September tenth. The occasion is headlined by the monstrous combat between Khamzat Chimaev and Nate Diaz, and Weeks will get the tall activity of opening the cardboard.
His pleasure was evident: “I really feel prefer it’ll be an excellent stage for us to set issues off. What might it’s on a greater card than Nate Diaz and Khamzat card, you realize? I really feel prefer it’s an excellent combat for this card, we are able to make an explosive combat. I’m excited- I’m excited, you realize, I acquired one other opponent who’s gonna be prepared to get in there and bang with me.”
Regardless of solely having seven professional fights- 5 earlier than the UFC- Weeks has much more MMA expertise than most new signees, combating eighteen occasions as an novice. After amassing a 15-3 file, Weeks went professional and completed his first three opponents inside two rounds.
His first two UFC fights didn’t go his manner, however Weeks prides himself on being one who adapts and elevates from each bout with adversity. He battled with two extremely high-caliber opponents in Bryan Barbarena and Ian Garry, absorbing all he might from these two losses.
Even in opposition to a man decrease on the welterweight totem pole than his first two opponents, Weeks has excessive respect for Lainesse.
“I’m anticipating to take it wherever that, you realize, wherever he desires to take it, you realize what I’m saying. If he shoots on me, I wanna, you realize, sprawl, now I’m on prime, now I’m on his again beating his head. If he desires to face up and bang, let’s get up and bang, let’s commerce punches you realize, let’s see who’s quicker, let’s see who’s sharper…Wherever throughout the board, I really feel comfy…I really feel like I’ll be on prime.”
Darian Weeks is a 28-year-old male fighter from the USA with 5 professional wins and a couple of losses. Weeks is scheduled to combat Yohan Lainesse at UFC 279: Chimaev vs. Diaz on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Darian Weeks’s latest kind coming into this matchup
Darian Weeks has gone 3-2 within the final 5 skilled MMA fights.
- Loss vs Ian Machado Garry • Resolution R3 5:00 • 2022-04-09
- Loss vs Bryan Barberena • Resolution R3 5:00 • 2021-12-04
- Win vs Craig Fairley • KO/TKO R2 1:51 • 2021-02-12
- Win vs Dustin Parrish • KO/TKO R2 1:20 • 2020-10-10
- Win vs Blayne Richards • Submission R2 3:56 • 2019-12-07